An abdominal aortic aneurysm, also called AAA or triple A, is a bulging, weakened area in the wall of the aorta (the largest artery in the body) resulting in an abnormal widening or ballooning greater than 50 percent of the vessel's normal diameter (width). The larger the aneurysm becomes, the greater the risk for rupture.
Preventing rupture of an aneurysm is one of the goals of our therapy. For more than 25 years, we have had a focus on the long-term management of aortic aneurysm. Approaches may include monitoring the growth of the aneurysm, controlling blood pressure, or surgically correcting the aneurysm through endovascular (minimally invasive) or open surgery.
Our aneurysm clinic allows patients to be seen by a dedicated vascular surgeon on an annual basis. We watch for growth in patients who have not had aortic aneurysm surgery, and provide continued monitoring for those who have.
Our purpose is to improve and extend the length of our patients' lives through regular surveillance of their disease. When the risks of continued medical management outweigh the risks of surgical correction, we are able to offer expertise in all the available surgical treatment options for aortic disease. Our vascular surgeons have such extensive experience in managing and correcting aortic disease, they have published several international articles and reports.
Contact a vascular surgeon to make an appointment by calling 616.267.8700.