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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

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Dr. Louis Astra at Florida Hospital North Pinellas Surgical Institute in Tarpon Springs is a board-certified thoracic, vascular and general surgeon who specializes in abdominal aortic aneurysm repair via open and minimally invasive, endoscopic techniques.

Open vs. Endovascular Procedure

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a potentially life-threatening condition in which the wall of the abdominal aorta is bulging significantly at a weak point and threatening to rupture or tear apart under the continuous pressure of blood that is being pushed out by the heart. Surgical repair of this condition can be accomplished via a standard procedure in which the surgeon cuts into the abdomen and positions a cylindrical tube (or “graft”) to support the aortic wall, or via endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) via a catheter that is inserted into the femoral artery at the groin, threaded through the body up to the aorta, and initially positioned in a collapsed form that then can be sprung open to create the arterial scaffold. This minimally invasive, EVAR method of repair does require periodic follow-ups and may not be appropriate for some patients, but allows for a considerably quicker recovery period.

For more information on open and EVAR procedures to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Astra by calling 727.270.9927 or by filling out an online appointment request form here.