Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Diagram of abdominal aortic aneurysm

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is an enlarged area in the lower part of the major vessel that supplies blood to the body (aorta). It runs from your heart through the centre of your chest and abdomen. The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body so a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm can cause life-threatening bleeding.

Depending on the size of the aneurysm and how fast it’s growing, treatment varies from watchful waiting to emergency surgery. Our surgeons offer treatment with minimally invasive (EVAR: Endovascular aneurysm repair) or with open abdominal surgery.