An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is the swelling or ballooning of the abdominal aorta.
The aorta is the main artery that carries oxygen-filled blood from the heart to all parts of the body. In the abdomen, the aorta splits (bifurcates) into the iliac arteries, which carry blood to the legs and other lower areas of the body. Learn more
Who Is at Risk?
Screening should be considered by men (ages 65-75) who have ever smoked, as well as men or women (ages 65-75) with a family history of AAA. Learn more
Preventative AAA screening locations are available in most communities. You may even be eligible for a free one-time AAA screening as part of your Welcome to Medicare physical exam. Find a screening location or event near you
What Is Screening Like?
Most screening is done using ultrasound (also called sonography) which is a painless, safe and accurate way to detect AAA. An ultrasound is a test that uses high frequency sound waves to produce an image of the body part being scanned. It allows you to get an inside view of soft tissues and body cavities without using invasive techniques. During an ultrasound screening, you will lie on your back on an exam table while a technologist applies gel to your abdomen and moves an instrument called a transducer across your abdomen to measure the size of your abdominal aorta. Learn more
What if I Have AAA?
AAA can be safely treated or cured with early diagnosis. The size and location of the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, and your general health, will determine how your aneurysm should be treated. When the aneurysm is small, your doctor may only recommend periodic check-ups to monitor the aneurysm. However, a larger, or rapidly growing (expanding) aneurysm poses more risk of bursting (rupture), and as such, may require treatment.
Two procedural options are available if your doctor feels treatment is necessary: open surgical repair or endovascular repair. Learn more about your treatment options
- Endovascular Treatment for AAA
- AAA Screening Medicare Benefit
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Society for Vascular Surgery
INDICATIONS FOR USE: Trunk-Ipsilateral Leg Endoprosthesis and Contralateral Leg Endoprosthesis Components.The GORE EXCLUDER® AAA Endoprosthesis is intended to exclude the aneurysm from the blood circulation in patients diagnosed with infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) disease and who have appropriate anatomy as described below: Adequate iliac / femoral access; Infrarenal aortic neck treatment diameter range of 19 – 29 mm and a minimum aortic neck length of 15 mm; Proximal aortic neck angulation ≤ 60°; Iliac artery treatment diameter range of 8 – 18.5 mm and iliac distal vessel seal zone length of at least 10 mm. Aortic Extender Endoprosthesis and Iliac Extender Endoprosthesis Components. The Aortic and Iliac Extender Endoprostheses are intended to be used after deployment of the GORE EXCLUDER® AAA Endoprosthesis. These extensions are intended to be used when additional length and / or sealing for aneurysmal exclusion is desired. CONTRAINDICATIONS: There are no known contraindications for these devices. Refer to Instructions for Use at goremedical.com for a complete description of all warnings, precautions and adverse events.