Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

We can diagnose and treat this life-threatening condition.

What Is An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a dilatation of the major blood artery in the abdomen that directs blood to the intestines, kidneys, liver and to the legs.

Aneurysms, or enlarged arteries, can affect arteries throughout the body but tend to occur commonly in the lowest part of the aorta, just above the umbilicus (belly button).Most AAA do not cause any symptoms, but are found on CT scan, ultrasound or MRI exams for unrelated reasons.

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How Do We Detect an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

Due to weakness in the artery wall, which may be caused by smoking, hypertension, or even a family history of the disease, the aorta dilates over many years. Early detection of the condition can be life-saving if they are found before they burst.

If an AAA is suspected, or if a patient requests screening, we will perform an abdominal ultrasound. This painless procedure will identify the condition and offer treatment to repair the damaged artery before it ruptures.

How Do We Treat an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

Depending on a patient’s medical condition the chances of surviving an elective AAA repair are 95-98%. The treatment options include traditional, open surgery or endovascular repair.

The decision regarding open versus endovascular repair depends on a number of factors that must be discussed between the patient and all the treating physicians. At Pinellas Vascular we are skilled in both open and endovascular treatments and will choose the best option for each patient given their anatomy, health, and personal wishes.

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Looking for additional Information?

View our printable information on Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms that we provide in conjunction with the Society for Vascular Surgery, of which Dr. Bunnell is a recommended member.

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