Abdominal aortic aneurysms, or AAA, occur in the largest blood vessel in your body. If not treated properly and quickly, the AAA could rupture and potentially lead to death. But if an AAA is found in time, our doctors can often successfully treat it.
About Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Each year, approximately 200,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with abdominal aortic aneurysms, or AAA. When the wall of a blood vessel weakens, a balloon-like dilation called an “aneurysm” develops. Most often, this happens in the abdominal aorta – an essential blood vessel that supplies blood to your legs.
Are You at Risk?
Certain things may put you more at risk for having an abdominal aortic aneurysm. These include:
Your Age (over 60)
Your Gender (Male)
Family history of heart conditions and disease
High Blood Pressure
Jackson Hospital vascular surgeons and other doctors in a wide array of specialties collaborate as a multidisciplinary team to provide coordinated, comprehensive care. This collaborative approach means doctors can evaluate you and develop a treatment plan.
Jackson Hospital also uses the most current imaging tests to accurately diagnose abdominal aortic aneurysms, including MRIs, abdominal ultrasounds, and CT scans. Finding the AAA before it ruptures is ideal. Depending on the size and location of the aneurysm, our surgeons will repair or remove damaged tissue using either endovascular surgery or open surgery.
A first in the state of Alabama, the Joint Commission has awarded Jackson Hospital with its gold seal of approval for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) surgery. Specialization in this area of vascular surgery means Jackson Hospital offers some of the most advanced care in the region. The certification awards the hospital's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards.