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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Treatment Information
If you are diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm during a screening, you may need surgery to repair the aneurysm. In most cases, Indiana University Health Heart & Vascular Care physicians can perform an advanced minimally invasive procedure called endovascular aneurysm repair.
During the procedure, a small incision is made in your groin. Using X-ray imaging, a physician guides a small stent through the artery in your groin up to the weakened area. A stent is a mesh wire tube that helps to keep the artery open and strong.
Endovascular aneurysm repair has a quick recovery time and lower risks than traditional open surgery. It is a lifesaving procedure that will prevent the artery from rupturing.
If your aneurysm is diagnosed when it is still small, you and your physician may decide to wait on surgery and to monitor the aneurysm instead. If this is the course you choose, you will visit your physicians every six months to a year for an ultrasound to see if the aneurysm has grown. If the aneurysm grows too large, you may undergo endovascular aneurysm repair at that time.
IU Health Heart & Vascular Care physicians treat and monitor abdominal aortic aneurysms with the following services:
- Education. Our physicians provide you with the resources and education you need to live a heart healthy lifestyle.
- Smoking cessation. Quitting is not easy, but we help you every step of the way so you can improve your heart health.
- Ultrasound screenings. Ultrasounds are noninvasive and use no radiation, giving physicians a picture of any problems with your arteries.
- Cardiac catheterization. Our physicians perform minimally invasive procedures inserting a stent to keep your aorta strong.
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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Support Services
Abdominal aortic aneurysm is a life-threatening condition that can be diagnosed early. Learn more about this condition and its risks at the resources below.
A Sampling of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Support Services
American Heart Association
This website hosts information on aneurysms, their treatment and how to prevent them.
National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute
This website discusses the different types of aneurysms and their risk factors.