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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm – Endovascular Repair

How is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm detected?

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Some patients have the aneurysm diagnosed coincidentally when they are examined for another problem, or if they have a scan for a different reason (kidney trouble, or gallstones, for example). Occasionally, the patient may become aware of a feeling of pulsation in the abdomen. As the aneurysm stretches, it can also cause pain in the back or abdomen. If an aneurysm is suspected, your physician will refer you to a vascular specialist for advice; either your physician or vascular specialist will refer you for an ultrasound scan.


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Amputations

Why do I need the operation?

Because you have a blockage or narrowing of the arteries supplying your legs, the circulation to your legs is reduced. This has become so severe that there is not enough blood reaching your lower leg and if left untreated, you will become unwell. An x-ray of the arteries (arteriogram) will have usually been performed to see whether there is anything that could have been done to improve the circulation. Your doctors have decided that it is not possible to improve the blood supply to your leg and so an amputation is necessary.

The following booklet downlaods will help you to understand the procedure and how to prepare.

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A New Treatment for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

How Does a Stent Graft Work?

A stent graft is used to exclude an aneurysm from bloodStent Grafts circulation and thus prevent continued pressurization and possible rupture of the aneurysm. The stent graft is placed inside of the aneurysm using a delivery catheter (a long tube-like device that assists in the placement of the stent graft within the blood vessel).

The educational information is provided to help you make an informed decision about a stent graft system as a method for treating your abdominal aortic aneurysm. Please read the material completely and discuss any questions with your doctor. Only a doctor can determine whether you are a suitable candidate for a stent graft procedure.

 

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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm – Open Repair

What is an Aneurysm?

An aneurysm is a stretching of a weakened artery, which balloons out rather like a worn motor car tyre. The wall of the artery becomes thinned by loss of its elastic tissue and the artery then infl ates making it likely to burst. The most common artery to be affected is the aorta, which is the main artery in the abdomen (tummy).

Many thousands of people each year suffer from rupture of an abdominal aortic
aneurysm. Most of these patients are men over the age of 60 years. Smoking
and high blood pressure are known to increase the risk.

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Transient Ischaemic Attack & Carotid Surgery

What is a transient ischaemic attack?

Transient Ischaemic Attack and Carotid Surgery TIA

Transient Ischaemic Attacks (TIA’s for short), are a kind of mini-stroke. The symptoms may be very like a stroke but they get better very quickly. Common symptoms include brief attacks of weakness, clumsiness, numbness or pins and needles in the face, arm or leg on one side of the body.

What about treatment?

If you smoke, you should stop completely. High blood pressure, high cholesterol or high sugar levels in the blood can often be helped by a healthier diet, although drugs may also be needed. Aspirin may also be prescribed to make the blood less sticky. This reduces the risk of having a stroke or heart attack by about 25%.

However, in many cases, surgical treatment is also recommended, and performing an operation, called carotid  endarterectomy, will actually reduce the chances of stroke and/or death significantly.

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