Surgery for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

What Is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

An abnormal aortic aneurysm (AAA) occurs when there is a bulging or weakened area in the wall of the aorta, resulting in abnormal ballooning or widening. While many individuals may not initially be aware of the condition, symptoms such as a pulsing feeling in the abdomen or severe pain in the abdomen or lower back may present themselves. As the aneurysm grows in size and weakens the artery wall, the risk of rupture, life-threatening hemorrhages, and even death become more severe. When this occurs, it may be necessary to obtain surgical intervention and fix the problem.

Some of the benefits of AAA surgery include:

  • Preventing the risk of a rupture
  • Restoring normal blood flow
  • Preventing a life-threatening hemorrhage
  • Relieving painful symptoms

Causes of AAA

The aneurysm is likely caused by an inflammation in the aorta, which weakens and breaks down the heart wall. Individuals who have atherosclerosisa hardening of the arteriesmay be at risk. Fatty deposits of plaque buildup in the artery are a common cause of AAA, causing the artery to narrow, stiffen, or weaken. In addition to this, having a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm, high blood pressure, and being a smoker are also considered risk factors.

Help Reduce Your Painful & Life-Threatening Symptoms

If you believe that you may have an AAA, it is crucial to see a physician as soon as possible and have testing done. For patients that have confirmed a case of abdominal aortic aneurysm with a high risk of rupture, our professional team of Los Angeles cardiovascular surgeons at the office of Azmi Atiya MD are well-prepared to provide an operation that is likely to reduce painful symptoms and significantly reduce the risk of life-threatening complications.

Contact our office now at (818) 561-7426 or via email.


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