One Best Self reader asked: I heard there is a new option for people who suffer from abdominal aortic aneurysms (a bulge in the main blood vessel that runs through the stomach and carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body). Can you explain what it is?
Eyal Ben-Arie, MD of Piedmont Heart Institute says: This new procedure, called a fenestrated aortic endograft, involves using a fenestrated aortic stent-graft to reinforce openings and maintain blood flow to vessels that lead to other organs. Instead of making a large incision in the stomach, doctors make a small cut near each hip. Currently, this minimally invasive procedure is only available at Piedmont Heart Institute and Emory University Hospital. Patients who get this done typically have a very short hospital stay and experience minimal pain.