An aneurysm is a weakened section of an artery that has become enlarged. Aneurysms are a serious health concern, because they can rupture, causing dangerous amounts of internal bleeding. Aneurysms can also cause blood clots to form and block blood from properly flowing to parts of your body. While small aneurysms rarely need surgery or treatment, if they grow, your physician may recommend you contact a vascular surgeon to see what your surgical options are.
Aneurysm Surgical Treatment Options
A general aneurysm repair involves a vascular surgeon making an incision above the aneurysm site and temporarily clamping the artery above the aneurysm to stop blood from flowing through the enlarged area. The surgeon then carefully opens up the aneurysm and removes the clotted blood and plaque deposits.
After drainage is complete, the surgeon may insert an organic or man-made graft to strengthen the artery wall. In more delicate cases, like brain aneurysms, a clamp is placed on the artery rather than opening up the artery. This treatment method prevents blood from entering the aneurysm, relieving any pressure being put on it.
Endovascular Aneurysm Repair
Sometimes, a vascular surgeon will suggest that you get a stent graft for your aneurysm if it has not ruptured. An endovascular stent graft is a tube composed of fabric supported by a metal mesh that strengthens the weakened section of your artery. This allows blood to flow normally through the artery without putting pressure on the bulge, eliminating the risk of the aneurysm rupturing. This less invasive procedure is usually used to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms, though it can be used to treat other kinds of aneurysms.
Comprehensive Vascular Care in San Antonino
Methodist Healthcare’s vascular doctors offer the most comprehensive vascular care in San Antonio, with convenient locations throughout the South Texas region. View our vascular surgeons and specialists today to set up an appointment.