Aortic Aneurysm

This little bulge carries a big, hidden risk

Our approach to aortic aneurysm care 

An aortic aneurysm can be a life-altering diagnosis. That's why we're dedicated to providing you with the best possible care. 

Our approach focuses on you — minimizing your discomfort and maximizing your quality of life throughout the entire treatment process. Trust us to be your partner in navigating this challenging medical journey.

Signs and symptoms of aortic aneurysm

Aortic aneurysms often have no symptoms, at least at first. If they grow larger, they may cause symptoms such as: 

  • belly, chest or back pain that may spread to the groin, buttocks or legs
  • pain that is deep, aching or throbbing

If an aneurysm bursts (ruptures), it will cause sudden, severe pain and heavy bleeding. This is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment.

When to seek care for aortic aneurysm

If you're experiencing any symptoms of an aortic aneurysm, it's important to seek medical attention right away. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent serious complications such as rupture. Don't hesitate to reach out to your doctor or our team if you have any concerns about an aortic aneurysm.

Our steps to a diagnosis

Because aortic aneurysms don’t always cause symptoms, some are diagnosed by chance during tests done for other reasons. Other times, health care providers find them during a screening test before any symptoms appear.

If you suspect you may have an aneurysm, speak with your doctor. Here's what to expect during our diagnosis process:

  • physical exam: Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and listen to your heart and lungs. They may also feel your belly and back for any lumps or bulges.
  • ultrasound or computed tomography (CT) scan: If your doctor suspects you have an aneurysm, they may order an ultrasound or CT scan. These imaging tests can confirm the aneurysm and show its size and location.

Our treatment options

Our team of experienced vascular surgeons is here to provide you with the best possible care and treatment options. Methods for treating an aneurysm include:

  • open surgery: This traditional surgical method involves making an incision in the belly or chest and directly repairing the aneurysm.
  • endovascular repair: This less-invasive procedure involves inserting a stent graft through an artery in the groin and into the aorta. The surgeon then expands the stent graft to reinforce the weakened area and keep it from rupturing.

The best treatment option for you will depend on the size and location of your aneurysm and your overall health. Our experienced team of vascular surgeons will work with you to ensure that you receive the highest quality of care that's right for your unique needs.

Experience counts

With years of experience and training in the latest techniques, our team members are experts in diagnosing and treating aortic aneurysms.

Dual expertise

We offer both traditional open surgery and endovascular repair, meaning you'll get the best option for your individual needs.

Advanced imaging and screening

We use the latest technology to diagnose and treat aortic aneurysms, including ultrasound and CT scans. We also perform screening tests to detect aortic aneurysms early, when they're easier to treat.

Convenient locations

With locations across South Central Pennsylvania, we make it easy to access the care you need.