What is an aneurysm?

When there is a weak spot in a section of an artery, vein or part of the heart (cardiac chamber) a blood filled bulge or swelling can form. These are called aneurysms.

Types of Aneurysms

Aneurysms can form in any blood vessel in the body. Doctors refer to the type of aneurysm based on the location of the aneurysm in the body. In this practice we primarily treat:

Aortic aneurysms: The aorta is the large blood vessel that carries oxygen containing blood away from the heart through to other parts of the body. The most common aneurysm in the aorta occurs in the abdomen and is called abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Peripheral aneurysms: These aneurysms are formed in arteries other than your aorta.

Popliteal aneurysms are aneurysms in your popliteal artery which is the major artery that runs down the back of your lower thigh and knee.

Femoral aneurysms are aneurysms that form in your femoral artery in your groin.