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Abdominal & Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms

Aneurysms result from weakening of the walls of blood vessels, causing them to enlarge or “balloon.” While this process can occur in several different arteries, it is most commonly seen in the aorta, which is the large vessel that brings blood from the heart to the rest of the body. If an aneurysm ruptures, it can be a catastrophic event. Therefore, once an aneurysm is identified, careful vigilance and appropriate elective treatment are necessary in order to prevent such disastrous complications. Generally, abdominal aortic aneurysms that have been identified are closely followed by our surgeons until they reach about 5-5.5 cm in diameter, at which time patients are considered for repair.

At Maimonides, our vascular team is skilled in the surgical repair of abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms, as well as aneurysms of other peripheral arteries. We offer non-invasive ultrasound screening in high risk patients to help identify such aneurysms, and once identified we follow protocols for surveillance. In addition, once an aneurysm has grown such that repair is recommended, our surgeons offer minimally invasive, endovascular procedures to fix the aneurysm. These procedures are performed in our state-of-the-art hybrid operating suites. In the event that the aneurysm is not amenable to a minimally invasive approach, our surgeons are also well trained in standard open surgical repair of such aneurysms.