Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a balloon-like bulge in the aorta, one of the main arteries that supply oxygen-rich blood from your heart and lungs to the rest of your body.

The bulging is caused by a weakening in the wall of the blood vessel. These aneurysms often happen without causing symptoms. Your primary care provider often finds aneurysms of this kind during routine exams.

When an abdominal aortic aneurysm gets too big, you’re at risk of a rupture. A ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm causes life-threatening internal bleeding. At Vascular Institute of Arizona, Dr. Balraj performs abdominal aortic aneurysm repair to prevent these life-threatening symptoms.

The skilled vascular surgeon also provides expert care of thoracic and complex suprarenal aortic aneurysms. These aortic aneurysms occur in the chest (thoracic) or near the kidneys (suprarenal).

Who needs abdominal aortic aneurysm repair?

Dr. Balraj takes a patient-centered approach to care and determines if you need abdominal aortic aneurysm repair after a comprehensive exam.

You’ll need surgical intervention if your aneurysm is large or at risk of bursting. Abdominal aortic aneurysms vary in size, ranging from small (less than 4.4 cm, about 1¾ inches) to large (5.5 cm or larger, about 2¼ inches).

If your abdominal aortic aneurysm is large, Dr. Balraj recommends surgery to repair the weakened blood vessel. When dealing with smaller abdominal aortic aneurysms, he recommends regular visits to the office so that he can monitor and measure the bulging blood vessel.

What happens during an abdominal aortic aneurysm repair?

Dr. Balraj customizes your abdominal aortic aneurysm repair procedure so that you get the best results. He specializes in endovascular and open repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair

During the endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, Dr. Balraj uses minimally invasive tools and techniques to repair the bulging blood vessel.

He inserts a catheter through a blood vessel in your leg and moves it toward the weakened portion of the aorta. Dr. Balraj then places a stent and graft to support the blood vessel wall and prevent it from rupturing.

Open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair

During an open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, Dr. Balraj makes an incision through your abdomen to gain access to the blood vessel and repair the damage. The open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair is the standard procedure.

To schedule a consultation with the vascular surgeon at Vascular Institute of Arizona, call the office today or book an appointment online.