Aortic aneurysms are bulges or swellings of the major artery in the body. If they reach a particular size (usually over 5cm) they are at risk of bursting. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent further increase in size of aneurysms and therefore prevent rupture.
All men in the UK receive an invitation to a national screening programme during the year of their 65thbirthday. Aortic aneurysms can be detected using a simple, quick and non-invasive ultrasound scan. Aneurysms are much more common in men than women, especially those with a smoking history or family history of aneurysms.
Treatment is often performed using keyhole surgery, with the placing of stents into the affected part of the aorta. This is usually much safer than the more traditional open surgery. If below the threshold for treatment, regular monitoring with further ultrasound scans may be recommended. If you have an aneurysm, or are concerned about the possibility of developing an aneurysm, all of the options will be discussed with you in detail during your consultation.