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An aneurysm is an abnormal dilation or "ballooning" of the blood vessel wall. It
results from prolonged accumulation of cholesterol related fatty debris, otherwise
known as atherosclerosis. Other risk factors contributing to vessel wall weakening
include hypertension, tobacco abuse, age over 55, Males, and in some cases there
may be genetic predispositions. Its typical location is in the abdomen (known as
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm or AAA), although it can occur in any part of the body.
The elastic properties in the aneurysmal vessel may deteriorate over time. This
may result in bursting or "rupturing" of the abnormal vessel. Without proper
monitoring and/or treatment, survival of "ruptured" abdominal aortic aneurysms can
be as little as 10%. In fact, ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms are the 3rd
leading cause of sudden death in males.
The standard treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) is conventional open surgery.
However, a "new" minimally invasive alternative treatment to open surgery is currently
available at the Jersey Coast Vascular Institute. This form of therapy involves using
"endovascular stent grafts" to exclude (cover) the aneurysm from circulation. The
value of this therapy to our patients is substantial, in creating a less invasive,
more comfortable treatment option for aortic aneurysms. Thus far, the outcomes of
this "new" therapy in treating AAA include quicker recovery periods as well as shorter
Currently, there are 3 different FDA approved devices available. However, apart from
excellence in patient care and providing patients with a mulititude of advanced treatment
options in vascular disorders, we at the Jersey Coast Vascular Institute also participate
in FDA approved clinical trials regarding the use of endovascular stent grafts for
aneurysmal disease so that patients may have the most advanced treatment options available.
Endografts treating AAA in our patients include: