Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is offering the region a minimally invasive approach to treat aneurysms (an outward bulging, similar to a bubble or balloon, caused by a localized, abnormal, weak spot on a blood vessel wall). One of the most severe conditions a patient can develop is an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), which, if left untreated, could be fatal.

PMC’s Vascular Surgeons perform a procedure called endovascular aortic aneurysm repair. This procedure is a less invasive approach to treat AAA. In years past, treatment for an AAA involved a 150-mile road trip to another facility, an extended hospital stay, and months of recovery.

Prior to this procedure, patients needed an incision down the entire length of the abdomen,, creating a more challenging recovery. Now, the procedure is performed through 1/2-inch incisions in the groins. The surgeons aim to repair the damage with a small incision, usually around the groin. The minimally invasive approach allows them to establish a stable channel for blood flow which could prevent the aneurysm from rupturing. The procedure allows patients faster recovery, and shorter hospital stays.

“This advancement is definitely a game-changer,” said Dr. Addasi. “It revolutionized the treatment of abdominal aneurysmal disease. Patients typically go home the next day and recover much more quickly than before.”

Dr. Addasi explained an AAA is best treated electively rather than waiting until the situation becomes an emergency.

People who feel they may be at risk are encouraged to call the PMC Vascular Services Department at 606-430-2202.