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Aneurism of the abdominal aorta

The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body that carries blood from the heart to all organs. In the abdominal part of the body (the stomach), the aorta is called abdominal aorta. Aneurysm (expansion) of the abdominal aorta occurs when the vessel’s wall weakens. The very expansion makes the wall weaken even more and it creates an opportunity to rupture. Aneurysm of the abdominal aorta is more frequent in men and it is the result of high blood pressure.

 

How is abdominal aneurism diagnosed?

 

How is abdominal aneurysm diagnosed?

Most aneurysms of the abdominal aorta do not cause symptoms and are not detected by chance. A routine check-up examination by a doctor with echography, x-ray or computer and magnetic image, made for another reason can detect the presence of an aneurysm. In some cases, the patients feel pulsation in the abdomen and pain during expansion of the aneurysm.

Surgical correction (replacement) of aneurism

 

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Surgical correction (replacement) of aneurysm

Surgical replacement (correction) of aneurysm is a surgery when the expanded part of the abdominal aorta is replaced with an artificial prosthesis.

How is it performed?

  • You will receive medications that will help you sleep and will relieve your pain.
  • The doctor makes an incision in your abdomen at the spot of the expansion.
  • The doctor replaces the enlarged part of the aorta with an artificial prosthesis.
  • The surgery usually lasts 3-4 hours.

 

What is next?

  • First you will be accommodated at the intensive care unit and you may feel confused.
  • You will have a tube in the mouth and the throat which will help you breathe. It is not comfortable and you won’t be able to speak, however the nurses will help you to communicate.
  • The breathing tube will stay until you can breathe independently – for a few hours.
  • You will be connected to monitoring machines.
  • After several days, you will be transferred at the semi-intensive care unit and you will start to move.
  • You leave home once you feel well, 8-10 days after the surgery.

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