An aneurysm is a bulge or dilation of an artery, and can occur anywhere in the body. Most aneurysms occur in the aorta, the main artery from the heart to the rest of the body. An aortic aneurysm can grow and rupture, causing internal bleeding, which can be life-threatening. Unfortunately, aortic aneurysms can develop without causing any symptoms, so patients at high risk for aortic disease should be screened regularly.
Patients diagnosed with aortic aneurysm benefit from the combined experience of our multidisciplinary team of Medical College of Wisconsin physicians. They work together to deliver the best treatment options for each patient, whether that means close monitoring of the aneurysm, a minimally invasive endovascular aneurysm repair, or an open surgical aneurysm repair.
There are two general types of aortic aneurysms: