Recently, Sheikh Latif, D.O. and the Surgery Team at Delano Regional Medical Center performed the first Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm procedure for the hospital.
Each year, 15,000 Americans die from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. Over 1.1 million Americans have an abdominal aneurysm with over 100,000 new cases diagnosed each year and 50,000 requiring surgical repair. These numbers seem staggering but today, with early detection, the disease can be repaired using newer technology. This technology allows for a lesser invasive approach and faster recovery compared to the traditional open repair.
The aorta, the biggest blood vessel in the body, runs from the heart through the chest to the diaphragm and down to the abdomen. It then splits into two arteries that travel to the legs. An aneurysm occurs when a blood vessel widens or dilates. The majority of aneurysms occur in the abdominal portion of the aorta.
“An aortic aneurysm is when a part of the artery becomes too large, or balloons outward, due to weakness in the wall of the artery,” says Dr. Latif. “Unlike standard surgery, in which a surgical incision is made in the abdomen, we performed the repair using the percutaneous approach which is a needle-puncture of the skin in the groin area.”
With state of the art equipment, this milestone procedure was performed at DRMC using the intravascular ultrasound method which gives the surgeon the best vision of the disease by wires that are guided through the arteries.
“The recovery time is remarkable,” stated Judi Herrick, RN, CNOR, Director of Surgery. “Our patient was sitting up in bed the next morning eating breakfast and went home later that day.”
A ruptured aortic aneurysm is the 13th leading cause of death in the United States, with women having a more serious outcome. Greater than 50% of patients who rupture an aortic aneurysm will die before reaching the emergency room. According to Dr. Latif, a simple ultrasound can provide early detection and possibly prevent a fatal outcome.