Aortic aneurysm treatment at The Christ Hospital Health Network

The Christ Hospital Health Network offers a comprehensive approach to aortic aneurysms that includes new treatments and an exceptional vascular team. 

Aortic aneurysm diagnosis

If your physician suspects you may have an aortic aneurysm, he or she may use one or more of the following methods to make a diagnosis:

  • Abdominal ultrasound

  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Depending on the size and rate at which the abdominal aortic aneurysm is growing, treatment may vary from watchful waiting to surgery:

  • If your aneurysm has ruptured and you are bleeding internally, you will need immediate surgery.

  • If the aneurysm is still small and you don't have any symptoms, your doctor will likely monitor you for changes through our aortic aneurysm surveillance program.  

What is the aortic aneurysm surveillance program?

Our surveillance program offers careful monitoring to provide the most effective, customized treatment if you are diagnosed with:

  • An abdominal aortic aneurysm

  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm 

  • Aortic dissection

Anyone diagnosed with or treated for an aortic aneurysm or dissection can benefit from this program.

Benefits include:

  • Aggressive medical management—including help with smoking cessation.

  • Reduced risk of rupture—ongoing monitoring reduces the risk of dissection (the splitting or separation of tissue). Approximately 15,000 deaths occur each year in the U.S. due to abdominal aortic aneurysm, usually because of rupture.

  • Continuity of care—results and updates are communicated to your primary care physician to ensure ongoing care management.

  • Genetic testing—testing to identify genetic mutations associated with aneurysm development. Results help determine the most effective treatment and if additional family members may be at risk.

Surgical treatment of aortic aneurysm

If you need surgery, there are two options:

  • Endovascular stent grafting (also known as endovascular aneurysm repair or EVAR)—a less invasive procedure during which your physician will make an incision in your groin area and insert a stent and a graft into your artery using a catheter. The stent and graft reinforce the weakened aorta. 

  • Open surgical aneurysm repair—your surgeon will make an incision in your abdomen and replace the damaged or ruptured blood vessel with a graft of man-made material.