An aortic aneurysm is an abnormal bulging or weakness in the wall of the aorta. Aortic aneurysms can occur either in the chest (Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm, TAA) or in the abdomen (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, AAA). Though typically asymptomatic, they can enlarge over time, and rupture becomes a concern. Aortic aneurysm risk factors include family history, male gender, smoking, hypertension and age over 65. Ruptures can be life threatening, but fortunately most aneurysms can be repaired using minimally invasive endovascular techniques.
Aortic Aneurysm Endograft Repair
Aortic Endograft Repair is a minimally invasive procedure often used to treat aortic aneurysms. Interventional radiologists insert endografts (stents covered with impermeable fabric) through a small puncture in the thigh. Under live X-ray guidance, the endografts are positioned to create an internal conduit, or bridge, for blood flow, thereby depressurizing the aneurysm and eliminating the risk of rupture.