An aneurysm is an abnormal dilation of an artery. They may form in the abdominal aorta, in the leg arteries behind the knee, pelvic arteries and other areas. They may be caused by chronic arterial damage from smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or genetics.
Aneurysms often do not cause symptoms straight away, but treatment may be required to prevent severe complications such as rupture/bleeding or occlusion of the artery.
The treatment of aneurysms depends on the size, site and shape of the aneurysm. Successful repair may be with minimally invasive stents or open surgery.
Dr Lachlan Maddock can assess and advise on the appropriate course of treatment for arterial aneurysms.