At First in the Ziv Medical Center: Correction of Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm by Catherization

1/12/2012

A minimal invasive operation using a stent to correct an abdominal aorta aneurysm was performed for the first time at the Ziv Medical Center. This new operation is faster and safer, enabling recovery and return to normal functioning within a short period of time. The operation was performed by Dr. Tal Solomon, head of the Vascular Surgery Unit and Dr. Alexander Altshuler, head of the Invasive Radiology Unit with the support of the operating room, anesthesia and imaging staff. 

An abdominal aorta aneurysm is a very serious disease and unfortunately, in most cases there are no advance symptoms. An aneurysm is an abnormal expansion of the abdominal aorta which can cause it to rupture, leading to massive bleeding. Causes for the disease are old age, smoking, genetics and it is more prevalent among men. 

During the operation the doctors inserted a synthetic bypass tube through two small cuts in the groin into the artery that channels the blood flow, instead of into the aneurysm sac, thus preventing its rupture. This operation is much less dangerous than the original procedure which involved opening the abdomen, which can lead to infections and even death. 

This new procedure takes two hours as opposed to four hours and recuperation takes a few days. With the previous operation the patient had to stay in the hospital for two weeks and recuperation took many months. 

Dr. Tal Solomon said that until now the residents of the Galilee had to travel long distances to other hospitals for this operation. "This is a very expensive operation and we insist on performing it here at the Ziv Medical Center in order to save the large population we serve the trouble of traveling to other hospitals and thereby endangering their lives. We believe that the residents of the North are entitled to the best possible treatment and are satisfied that we can now provide this life saving procedure at the Ziv Medical Center."