Aneurysm is a medical term for a bulge in a blood vessel. When that bulge occurs in the aorta — a key artery carrying blood from the heart – it can threaten your life.
McLeod Vascular Surgeon Dr. Christopher Cunningham explains surgical treatment to repair the aneurysm. In the video, Dr. Cunningham shows a dramatic before-and-after comparison of a successful surgery on an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Here are a few of Dr. Cunningham’s key points:
o Although most aneurysms are often sporadic, in 19% of Abdominal Aneurysms it’s likely someone else in your family had one.
o When you lay on your back, you may notice the aneurysm pulsing under the skin. If the aneurysm is large enough a bulge under the skin might be seen
o The surgeon works from inside the artery.
o A patient is released from the hospital the next day and back to work (or golf) in a week.
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