Aortic aneurysm surgery is a vascular surgery procedure to repair a bulging or ballooning of the wall of the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body through which blood flows as it leaves the heart. The wall of the aorta is flexible and expandable to accommodate the pulsing of blood from the heart. Sometimes the wall of the aorta can become too weak and damaged and the force of the pumping blood causes the aortic wall to bulge or balloon. When a bulge in the wall grows to more than 1.5 times its regular size, the condition is called an aortic aneurysm. Nine out of 10 aneurysms form in the abdomen.
There are two types of aortic aneurysm surgery to repair a diseased abdominal aorta.
For the latest in aortic aneurysm surgery and vascular disease treatment, patients in the Boston area can find state-of-the-art treatment at the Shapiro Cardiovascular Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). Learn more about Aortic Aneurysm Surgery and Cardiovascular Treatments at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
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