A Game Changing Treatment

January 01, 2014

Most aneurysms occur in the aorta, the main artery that carries blood to the body. Similar to a tire with a bald or weak spot, an aneurysm can create a stretched and ballooning section in the wall of the aorta. The bigger an aneurysm is, the bigger its potential to rupture.

Enter endovascular aneurysm repair.

This highly technical procedure eliminates the need for a rib cage-to-pelvis incision and is available throughout Providence Southern California. A relatively new approach, it involves measuring the compromised artery through CT scan and fitting it with a stent of exact dimensions. “We insert the stent with a special device the size of a pencil, through an artery in the groin,” says Ihab Aziz, MD, vascular surgeon at Providence Holy Cross and Saint Joseph Medical Centers. “Once you get the device where you want it, you open it, and it fits the exact area.”

The stent essentially creates new walls inside the artery for blood flow, which takes the pressure off the weak spot in the aortic wall.