The majority of abdominal aortic aneurysms are asymptomatic. An aneurysm may be discovered by X-ray, computed tomography (CT) scan, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that is being done for other conditions.
Pain located in the abdomen, chest, lower back, or groin area is the most common symptom of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The pain may be severe or dull. Acute, sudden onset of severe pain in the back and/or abdomen may represent a rupture and is a life-threatening medical emergency.
Abdominal aortic aneurysms may also cause a pulsing sensation, similar to a heartbeat, in the abdomen.
At UT Southwestern, our vascular specialists use computed tomography angiogram (CTA) scans to show detailed images of our patients’ arteries. They use these scans to choose the best treatment approach. Our specialists review patients’ comprehensive medical data to evaluate how an endovascular stent procedure compares with traditional surgical options, or if a combined approach is needed.
Depending on your overall health and specific condition, a UT Southwestern specialist will recommend the appropriate procedure for your condition. If you are eligible for an endovascular stent procedure that allows a more rapid recovery, the surgeon will use live radiological images during the procedure to guide a catheter through a blood vessel to the location of an aneurysm.
If you’re not a candidate for an endovascular stent procedure and you require an open repair approach, a vascular surgeon will discuss the entire procedure with you and explain how traditional surgery offers the best possible treatment.
Whether you are a candidate for endovascular or open surgery, our vascular specialists have the expertise to provide you with the right treatment for your specific condition. Our physicians' dedication to excellence in vascular surgery gives all our patients the compassionate and advanced medical care needed to effectively treat an aneurysm.