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Aneurysms

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 hospitalizations.

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:

Guidant-Ancure

Gore-Excluder

Medtronic-AneuRx

Cook-Zenith

Lifepath

Trivascular

 

Jersey Coast Vascular Institute
Comprehensive Endovascular and Vascular Care
425 Jack Martin Blvd.
Brick, New Jersey 08724
(732) 202-1500