Aneurysm Repair

An aneurysm is sometimes called a “silent killer” because it rarely presents any obvious symptoms, especially in the early stages.

However, if it ruptures, there may be a rapid onset of symptoms such as sudden severe pain, paleness, rapid pulse, lightheadedness, fainting or shock. If this happens, immediate medical attention is critical. The internal bleeding that results from an aneurysm rupture can quickly lead to severe shock — and sometimes death. In fact, 75-85% of people who rupture an aneurysm outside of a hospital die.

That’s why screening can be a lifesaver. In rare cases, a physical exam will reveal a large aneurysm, but smaller aneurysms are nearly impossible to detect this way. An ultrasound is a noninvasive screening tool that is used to identify and determine the size of an aneurysm. Visit to learn who is at increased risk for abdominal aortic aneurysm.

The treatment of an aneurysm depends on its size and your general health. The size of the aneurysm can be determined by a noninvasive ultrasound exam. In some cases, it can be closely monitored. However, if it is determined that your aneurysm needs surgical repair, there are generally two types of surgery.

The traditional method is open surgical repair in which the surgeon makes an incision, opens the aneurysm and places a vascular graft (a tube that lines the weakened area of the aorta).

A minimally invasive procedure is now becoming more common. Endovascular grafting involves placing the graft through a catheter inserted into a small incision. Hospital stays and recovery times are typically shorter with this type of procedure.


* Disclaimer: The information contained in this site is for informational purposes only. It does not take the place of, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for individual medical advice, diagnosis or treatment from your physician.

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    Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

    An aneurysm located in the abdomen, which is fairly common.


    An aneurysm is a weakening in the aorta in which the weakened area stretches like a balloon to accommodate the blood flow.


    The main blood vessel that carries blood away from the heart to the rest of the body.

    Duplex Ultrasound

    Noninvasive screening tool used to identify and determine the size of an aneurysm. A transducer glides across the abdomen detecting sound waves that are used to create a computerized image.

    Side effects

    Side effects are similar to those of any surgery, including risks associated with anesthesia.