Jeffrey J. Gilbertson MD


Abdominal aortic aneurysm

An aortic aneurysm is a stretched and bulging section in the wall of the aorta. The aorta is the large artery that carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. An abdominal aortic aneurysm happens in the section of the aorta that is in the belly.

Aortic Aneurysm

Discusses causes and symptoms of aneurysms that form in an artery called the aorta. Links to pictures of abdominal aneurysm and thoracic aneurysm. Covers treatment with medicines or surgery. Also looks at lifestyle changes that may help.

Open Repair Surgery for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Open surgery is done to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm. It is called an open surgery because the abdomen is opened so the doctor can see and work on the aorta. Open surgery is the traditional method of repair. To repair the aneurysm, a doctor uses a man-made tube (called a graft) to replace the weak and bulging…

Leg Aneurysm

What is a leg aneurysm? A leg aneurysm (say “ANN-yuh-riz-um”) is a bulge in a blood vessel (artery) in your leg. The bulge occurs in a weak spot in the artery. It can happen in one or both legs. Blood clots can form in this type of aneurysm and can block blood flow in your leg. What raises your risk? Family history…

Endovascular Repair for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Endovascular repair is a procedure to fix an aortic aneurysm in the abdomen. It’s called endovascular because a doctor repairs the aneurysm from the inside of the damaged blood vessel (the aorta). This is not a surgery. This is a minimally invasive procedure. Local or general anesthesia might be used. The doctor will…