Vascular dilatation therapy
Vascular dilatations may occur in many regions of the body, but they are most common in the abdominal artery (aorta). Aneurysms are often diagnosed during routine ultrasound examinations. Complementary examination methods, such as computed tomography or angiography, are used to decide if the operative elimination of the aneurysm is needed. During the diagnosis of aneurysm, all accompanying risks are evaluated. This includes the clarification of other possible aneurysms in the thoracic, pelvic and knee joint arteries.
As a rule, aneurysms of the abdominal arteries are surgically removed in men if their size is above five centimeters and in women they are more than 4.5 centimeters. Taking into account the individual operational risk and after the consultation with our cardiac specialists, we decide upon the right treatment procedure.
If possible, the aneurysms are treated by means of catheter procedures. Even complicated aneurysms of the thoracic and abdominal arteries can now be treated under local anesthesia using prostheses made specially for the patient.
Studies show that the intervention under local anesthesia means less risk to the patient. That is why it has established itself as a standard procedure in our clinic.
An open operational procedure is only necessary in individual cases.
99% of aneurysms of the thoracic artery are treated endovascularly without opening the body cavity. This also applies to dissections of arteries if these lead to an aneurysm or to disturbances of blood circulation of the dependent organs.
In an emergency, all diagnostic and therapeutic measures must be taken immediately. Through the data networking of the United hospitals in Lingen, Sögel, Papenburg and Leer, we are able to evaluate the performed CT diagnostics while the patient is still on the way to our hospital.