The aorta is the large artery that supplies blood to the abdomen and legs. The atherosclerotic process and PAD can affect the abdominal aorta and lead to weakness of the wall of the aorta which under years of pressure, will bulge outward, a condition known as aortic aneurysm. Abdominal aortic aneurysm is a serious condition because when the aneurysm reaches a certain size, the risk of catastrophic rupture and near certain fatality. Therefore, screening for abdominal aneurysm and prompt treatment are crucial.
Historically, abdominal aortic aneurysms have been treated with extensive major abdominal surgery and the extensive hospital stay and morbidities that accompany abdominal surgery. Today, endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair (EVAAR) is a minimally invasive (catheter based) procedure that your SPCVA physician can perform in the cardiac catheterization lab. EVAAR entails delivering a stent with an impermeable wall across the aneurysm to ‘exclude’ the aneurysm from the blood pressures that can propagate further growth and rupture of the aneurysm.
Our entire team at South Palm Cardiovascular Associates is devoted to making sure your treatment is both effective and stress-free. With our vascular specialists’ expertise performing endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, you can rest assured you are receiving the best PAD treatment possible.