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Your aorta is the main artery that circulates blood from your heart down into your legs. Sometimes, the wall of the aorta becomes weak, ballooning out to form an aneurysm.

Our providers specialize in complex treatment of all aortic disease and work together in a multidisciplinary approach. As one of our patients, you have access to the latest techniques, research and clinical trials in order to provide the best approach for you. In our advanced hybrid operating room, we treat all aortic diseases, including thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms, aortic dissections and other aortic emergencies such as ruptured aortic aneurysms.

RISK FACTORS AND SCREENINGS

Abdominal aortic aneurysms can occur in anyone but are more likely in certain groups of people. They are usually caused by hardening of arteries (atherosclerosis) that occurs with aging or by unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking. In rare cases, genetic conditions, infections or injuries can also cause aneurysms.

To screen for aneurysms, MU Health Care physicians use safe, radiation-free ultrasound technology to examine your abdomen. This noninvasive screening allows your physician to spot and measure any bulges in your aorta.

SURGICAL OPTIONS

We offer the following minimally invasive and open vascular approaches: 

  • Thoracic aortic endovascular repair (TEVAR): Minimally invasive stent-graft treatment for aortic aneurysms of the chest
  • Abdominal aortic endovascular repair (EVAR): Minimally invasive stent-graft treatment for aortic aneurysms of the abdomen
  • Fenestrated aortic endovascular repair (FEVAR): Minimally invasive stent-graft treatment for complex aortic aneurysms involving kidney and intestinal arteries
  • Iliac branched device repair (IBD): Minimally invasive stent-graft treatment for complex aortic aneurysms involving the pelvic arteries
  • Chimney and Snorkel endovascular repair (Ch-EVAR): Minimally-invasive stent-graft treatment for complex aortic aneurysms involving kidney and intestinal arteries
  • Open ascending aortic repair (AAR): Traditional graft repair for aneurysms of the portion of the aorta nearest the heart
  • Open thoracoabdominal aortic repair (TAA): Traditional graft repair for aortic aneurysms extending from the chest to the abdomen
  • Open abdominal aortic repair (AAA): Traditional graft repair for aortic aneurysms of the abdomen