Conditions We Treat: Aortic Aneurysm

An aneurysm is a weak spot in the wall of a blood vessel, which can cause the blood vessel to bulge. The most common aneurysms occur in the aorta, the large artery that sends blood from the heart to the rest of the body. A ruptured aneurysm can cause hemorrhaging (severe bleeding), which is often fatal if not quickly addressed. Abdominal aortic aneurysm occurs in the abdominal region and a thoracic aortic aneurysm occurs within the chest.

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Aortic Aneurysms | Q&A

Christopher Abularrage, M.D. discusses minimally invasive surgery for abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms, including the procedure and recovery.


Why choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of aortic aneurysm?

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  • Johns Hopkins surgeons have set the standard for aortic dissection repair for over 50 years.  
  • Our vascular surgeons are pioneers in minimally invasive aortic aneurysm surgery, using the fenestrated abdominal aortic aneurysm graft.
  • Minimally invasive surgery for aortic aneurysm can shorten recovery times for some patients. For others an open or hybrid procedure may be best.
  • Our team of highly trained experts carries the experience to safely address aortic aneurysm disease in all its forms and challenges. 

Our Specialty Centers

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The Dana & Albert "Cubby" Broccoli Center for Aortic Diseases is one of the few centers in the world specializing in conditions of the aorta.