Originating from the heart, the aorta is the largest artery that enables blood distribution throughout the body. An enlargement up to a point doubling the normal diameter of the aorta, which may occur due to various reasons (congenital, high blood pressure, structural defects, atherosclerosis etc.), is called aortic aneurysm. one of the treatment methods of this disease is the aortic aneurysm surgery.
When the aortic aneurysm is in the thorax it is called thoracic aortic aneurysm. The term thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysm is used to refer to the aneurysms that expand to both areas.
Since it does not lead to any complaints, the diagnosis of the aortic aneurysm is usually made in check-up examinations. With certain exceptions, the aneurysm needs to be treated if the diameter of the aneurysm is above 5.5 cm.
With recent technical developments, aneurysm operations can be performed both with classical methods and endovascular (catheter) technique. In certain patients, surgery can be performed with lower risk, through integrating both methods.