Arteries run throughout our bodies and carry blood from the heart. Sometimes a portion of an artery wall can grow weak and stretch out like a balloon. This ballooning is called an aneurysm. The aorta is a large artery that travels from the heart to the abdomen. When an aneurysm occurs in the part of the aorta that is in the abdomen, this is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).
Hardening of the arteries (or atherosclerosis) is the most common cause of AAA. The plaque, or fatty build-up, that occurs in arteries causes the walls to become narrow and weak. High blood pressure and cigarette smoking may also cause weak artery walls.
AAA repairs are performed by vascular surgeons -- physicians who have been specifically trained in surgical procedures for veins and arteries. During this operation the aneurysm (or weak part of the aorta wall) will be removed and replaced with a graft. Plaque that may have built up in the artery will also be removed.
Consult your physician if you have questions about aneurysms or abdominal aortic aneurysms.
Dr. P. Phillips Hospital Surgical Services
Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
Location: Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, 2nd Floor
Scheduling Number: This procedure will be scheduled by your physician
Special Prep: No food or drink after midnight the night before the surgery (including water, candy or gum). Please ask your physician for instructions regarding medications you are taking. Please do not smoke on the day of your surgery.On the day of your surgery please bring with you:
- A list of your medications with the correct dosages.
- Your primary care physician’s name and telephone number.
- Any paperwork your physician has given you for your appointment.
- Containers to store dentures, glasses or contact lenses before surgery.
Other special instructions:
- Leave all valuables at home.
- Wear comfortable clothing.
- Do not wear color fingernail or toenail polish.
- Do not eat or drink herbal supplements or tea for at least two weeks prior to your surgery.
- Do not take vitamin E supplements or multi-vitamins with vitamin E for at least two weeks prior to your surgery.
- Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve or Advil for at least two weeks prior to your surgery.