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Minimally Invasive Abdominal Artery Repair Surgery

Newer endovascular techniques reduce recovery time and hospital stay for patients suffering from abdominal aortic aneurysm
First Broadcast Live,
January 20, 2005 at 4:30 PM EST (00:00 UTC)
From Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA

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On Thursday, January 20, 2005, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) hosted a live Webcast for viewers to watch and learn more about new endovascular repair techniques for an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), the abnormal dilatation of the major abdominal artery that causes rupture and severe bleeding. Medical professionals, and the general public, were invited to log-on to the Webcast on January 20 at 4:30 p.m. EDT.

Michael Belkin, MD, Chief of BWH's Division of Vascular Surgery and Edwin Gravereaux, Director of Endovascular Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital performed  MORE...

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On Thursday, January 20, 2005, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) hosted a live Webcast for viewers to watch and learn more about new endovascular repair techniques for an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), the abnormal dilatation of the major abdominal artery that causes rupture and severe bleeding. Medical professionals, and the general public, were invited to log-on to the Webcast on January 20 at 4:30 p.m. EDT.

Michael Belkin, MD, Chief of BWH's Division of Vascular Surgery and Edwin Gravereaux, Director of Endovascular Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital performed the surgery with Anthony Whittemore, MD, former Chief of Vascular Surgery and currently BWH's Chief Medical Officer narrating the surgical techniques for the viewers.

An aneurysm causes localized widening or enlargement of an artery that may subsequently rupture causing life-threatening bleeding. Aneurysms occur most commonly in the abdominal aorta, the largest blood vessel in the abdomen, which carries blood to the abdominal organs and legs. Abdominal aortic aneurysms affect almost 10 percent of men over 65 years of age. They are the 10th leading cause of death for men over the age of 55.

At present, there is no proven non-surgical treatment for AAAs. Traditional surgical repair requires an abdominal incision and a five- to seven-day hospital stay with complete recovery taking four- to six-weeks. However, during the past decade, more patients have been able to participate in a less invasive option using an endovascular approach that is performed through small incisions in the groin. It allows patients to recover more quickly with less pain and fewer days in the hospital. Click here to read more about the program.