Aortic Aneurysms that affect the main artery in the body, the aorta, usually occur in men over the age of 60 but can also be found in women and younger patients. This artery is the main vessel that delivers blood from the heart to the rest of the body. An artery is said to have become an aneurysm when it starts to swell and balloon. The obvious concern with having an aneurysm is that it can burst, which is often fatal. You can get an Aortic aneurysm in any part of the aorta, but it is most common below the kidney arteries, also known as an abdominal aortic aneurysm or ‘AAA’. No one knows the exact reason that aneurysms develop but there are several factors that can contribute to or increase the risk of forming one. Aortic Aneurysms can be due to genetic causes and can run in families. Conditions which cause weakness of the artery wall can also predispose the developing aneurysms, often at a younger age than usual. Factors such as high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol have all been linked with aneurysm disease.
Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) are often detected incidentally when the patient has a scan for other reasons or when their doctor feels the artery is swollen during a physical examination. Aneurysms are best managed by Vascular Surgeons who can keep a close eye on the artery with regular scans to minor the progress. If it starts to get to a size where the risk of it bursting is higher than the risk of the surgery involved to fix it, advice is usually given to repair the aneurysm. Aortic aneurysms can be repaired by either minimally invasive ‘keyhole’ surgery or surgery involving an incision in the abdomen, however the most suitable type of repair depends on a number of factors, including the shape of the aneurysm and your overall health.
Mr. Bhamidi is well trained in both forms of aortic aneurysm repair and has a preference for treating these conditions with ‘keyhole’ surgery whenever possible.