When the aorta, a major artery, develops a weak spot, enlarges, or bulges/balloons outward, it is referred to as an aortic aneurysm. Usually occurring between the middle and lower abdomen (abdominal aortic aneurysm) or in the chest (thoracic aortic aneurysm), most aneurysms display few or no warning signs and many people are unaware of the problem until a physician detects it through an ultrasound test or CT scan. Sudden, persistent, severe pain in the chest or abdomen is a warning that should not be ignored.
Most aneurysms develop slowly over the years, and often, all that is required are periodic (usually six months to a year) diagnostic tests to monitor for changes. But if the bulge grows to a certain size, surgery is recommended. Ocala Heart Institute not only offers you some of the most highly regarded cardiovascular surgeons in the country, we give you an entire team of medical professionals who approach your cardiovascular health care with a united front and one goal: to restore your health and extend your life.
Open aneurysm surgery is the traditional way to correct the problem. The aneurysm is cut open, and an artificial graft is attached inside the aorta, connecting the aorta above and below the aneurysm. A less invasive procedure, endovascular stent-grafting, is the newest approach to this disease. Instead of going in through the abdomen or chest, a catheter with a stent-graft (a mesh-like tube that holds the vessel open) is passed through the femoral artery in the leg, bypassing or reinforcing the wall of the aneurysm and providing a permanent alternative path for blood flow.
Vascular surgery demands the precision, expertise and talent of the gifted surgeons and anesthesiologists at Ocala Heart Institute. We’ll run the necessary tests and explain all options, answering your questions and giving you insight on aspects you might not have considered. Together, we will find the solution that best meets your particular health care need.