An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a common problem where the wall of a blood vessel weakens, and a balloon-like dilation called an aneurysm develops. This happens most often in the abdominal aorta, an essential blood vessel that supplies blood to your legs. The repair of the aneurysm can be lifesaving and be performed with an open surgical technique – removing the aneurysm, or an endovascular minimally invasive stent procedure. The majority of patients could qualify for the less invasive procedure after evaluation by your vascular surgeon.
A popliteal aneurysm is an irregular bulge that happens in the artery behind the knee joint; this is categorized as a lower extremity aneurysm. This type of aneurysm, if small, is one that can be watched and monitored by your vascular surgeon. Ultrasound testing and regular office visits with a medication regimen may be prescribed to some patients. If the aneurysm is large or causing symptoms, an endovascular procedure can be performed with a special covered stent to treat the problem. This procedure is less invasive and can be performed in an outpatient facility.