Aortic Aneurysm Symptoms and Rupturing
How Dangerous Is an Aneurysm?
Aneurysms often have no symptoms until they rupture, but they can be repaired.
By Dr. Sanjay Gupta
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Sanjay Gupta, MD, Everyday Health: An aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel. They can happen anywhere, but they are most common in the brain and in the aorta, the large vessel that carries blood from the heart. Aneurysms can be fatal and, unfortunately, there are often no symptoms.
Ronnie Hall: I could have tipped over dead. That’s what would have happened. If it would have burst, then I would probably have been dead.
Dr. Gupta: This is an illustration of Ronnie Hall’s aorta. It had ballooned to almost five inches wide.
These days, many simpler aneurysms can be repaired using stents, essentially a tube of wire mesh that is inserted through an artery in the wrist or the groin and threaded to the place where it is needed. That avoids having to open up the body.
But Mr. Hall’s aneurysm was not simple. He was the first patient in the U.S. to try a new much more elaborate kind of stent, which is still experimental.
Gustavo Oderich, MD, Vascular Surgeon, Mayo Clinic: This is the artery to the liver, intestine, right kidney which is here, left kidney.
Building a ship in a bottle
Dr. Gupta: The first step was to make a 3D model of Mr. Hall’s aorta. Using the model, doctors at Mayo Clinic built a custom stent for Mr. Hall’s exact anatomy, then rehearsed the operation twice before performing the real thing. The surgeons work inside the blood vessels, using X-rays to see, moving the pieces into place using wires and catheters. It’s a bit like building a ship in a bottle.
Dr. Oderich: And this is the picture now after the aneurysm was treated. This is actually many pieces. This is not one stent. It’s modules that we put together. There is a stent inside the vessel and that stent has side arms to the liver, intestine, and to both kidneys.
Hi Mr. Hall, how are you doing sir?
Dr. Gupta: If Mr. Hall had had the traditional open surgery, he could have expected to spend 10 days in the hospital and another 3 months recovering at home.
Dr. Oderich: I mean, this is an operation that he spent one night in the intensive care unit and three days in the hospital. So that would have been almost, I mean, unheard of with an open surgery.
Dr. Gupta: With Everyday Health I’m Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Be well.
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