Replay of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

A minimally invasive treatment option for patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA)

First Seen Live Webcast: Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 4 pm ET (22:00 UTC)

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Tampa General Hospital

TGH To Webcast Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Tampa, Florida- An endovascular repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm will be featured live over the Internet as part of the hospital’s continuing series of real time web casting of surgical procedures. The procedure will take place April 13 at 4 p.m.

An aortic aneurysm is an abnormal bulge in the wall of the aorta, the body’s largest artery. This artery extends from the heart down through the chest and abdominal region, where it divides into blood vessels that supply each leg. If an aortic aneurysm ruptures it can cause life-threatening internal bleeding.

The risk of an aneurysm rupturing increases as the aneurysm grows beyond five centimeters in diameter (two inches). Approximately 15,000 Americans die each year of a ruptured aortic aneurysm. Albert Einstein, Conway Twitty and Lucille Ball are among those who have died from ruptured aortic aneurysms.

Dr. Bruce Zwiebel, an interventional radiologist with Radiology Associates of Tampa and Associate Professor of Radiology and Surgery at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, and Dr. Martin Back, Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, will make two small incisions into the patient’s upper leg. They will use image guidance to place a stent graft inside the aortic aneurysm.

This minimally invasive procedure has fewer complications than the traditional open surgical method. Patients who once had to remain hospitalized for seven days with three months of recovery, can now leave in two or three days with a seven day recovery period.

Dr. Brad Johnson, a vascular surgeon at Tampa General Hospital and an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida College of Medicine will provide commentary and answer email questions from viewers during the procedure.

“Aneurysms in the abdomen are more commonly seen in older men,” said Dr. Johnson. “The problem in patient’s who have aneurysms is that unless they are very large, they have no symptoms.”

During this procedure, Dr. Zwiebel and Dr. Back will literally exclude the aneurysm from inside the blood vessels. Under fluoroscopic (X-ray) guidance they will precisely deploy the stent graft from the femoral arteries to an area below the kidney arteries. The stent graft seals to the normal aorta thus relieving the pressure on the abnormal aorta.

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