Aortic Aneurysm

An aortic aneurysm is an enlargement of the aorta and its branches, which can lead to a life-threatening rupture.  These uptures can cause severe internal bleeding, which can lead to shock or even death.  There are often no symptoms associated with an aortic aneurysm, but patients can be evaluated in the physician's office.

Although you may initially not feel any symptoms with an aortic aneurysm, if you develop symptoms you may experience one or more of the following:

  • A pulsing feeling in your abdomen, similar to a heartbeat
  • Severe, sudden pain in your abdomen or lower back. If this is the case, your aneurysm may be about to burst
  • On rare occasions, your feet may develop pain, discoloration or sores on the toes or feet because of material shed from the aneurysm

If your aneurysm bursts, you may suddenly feel intense weakness, dizziness or pain and you may eventually lose consciousness. This is a life-threatening situation and you should seek medical attention immediately.

Most aneurysims can be repaired using minimally invasive techniques by Saint Thomas physicians. Medicare will typically cover evaluations for aneurysms in patients over 65 years old.

Currently our Vascular Surgeons service three of our hospitals.  Choose the hospital that best fits your needs: