Treating your aneurysms.
Aneurysms are bulges in weakened arteries that typically develop over many years.
One of the most common types of aneurysm is an aortic aneurysm. They usually occur in the abdomen (“AAA”), but may also occur in the chest. They are potentially dangerous as they can suddenly burst without warning, causing massive bleeding which is often lethal. They rarely cause symptoms before they rupture, and are often found incidentally on scans for other health concerns. The risk of an aneurysm rupturing is related to a number of factors, particularly their size. Small aneurysms that have a very low chance of bleeding are commonly monitored regularly with scans to ensure they are not growing. Treatment is considered for larger aneurysms that may be at a higher risk of bleeding.
Dr Magee offers aneurysm repairs with keyhole surgery if suitable, through tiny 1 cm groin incisions. A special type of stent is inserted into the aneurysm to permanently seal it off. This technique is less invasive and has a quicker recovery time than traditional open surgery, although not all patients are suitable for this procedure. Open surgery is also offered where keyhole surgery is not suitable.
- Endovascular repair (stents)
- Custom and branched stents
- Open repair
Aneurysm treatment procedure video
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