An aortic aneurysm treatment plan designed just for you
An aortic aneurysm, a bulging weak spot in one of your body’s most important arteries, is a potentially serious condition, but there is no one-size-fits all approach to treat it. Because the treatment for aneurysms can be complex, it is important to have an expert team working with you to get the best possible outcome. That’s why the Aortic Aneurysm Program at Tufts Medical Center gives you access to top ranked surgeons who have the experience needed to develop an individualized treatment plan that is right for you.
Our nationally recognized vascular surgeons, including James M. Estes, MD, Mark D. Iafrati, MD, and William C. Mackey, MD, are ranked among the best in the country by US News and World Report and offer a full range of services including both traditional and minimally invasive surgery. The program is a part of the Division of Vascular Surgery, which has been a dedicated vascular practice at Tufts MC since 1966 and continues to treat more than 4,500 patients a year. But here, you are not just a number. Our goal is to treat you like a member of our own family.
The result is that you will be healthier and more satisfied. In fact, our patient satisfaction scores are consistently among the highest in the hospital.
An experienced team on your side
The first step in being able to determine the best treatment is to assess the progression of the aneurysm. At Tufts MC, we have advanced diagnostic and imaging capabilities that allow us to do this quickly and accurately. For your convenience, all of these tests can be done here at one location, most often during one appointment.
Additionally, all of the specialists you may need will come to you and will work together to determine the best treatment options while providing coordinated care. Within this division, that team may include vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, interventional cardiologists, and infectious disease specialists. We also have strong, collaborative relationships with neurology, nephrology, rehabilitative medicine, infectious disease and other medical subspecialty groups.
What are my treatment options?
An aneurysm may remain stable in size for many years or it may rapidly increase in size. If the bulge remains small, our doctors may recommend continued monitoring. We are able to keep a close watch with periodic ultrasound, CT, or MR scans.
Along with the monitoring, our doctors may recommend medications to control blood pressure and lipid levels, which can help slow the growth of the aneurysm and minimize the risk of rupture.
If your aneurysm is large or causing symptoms, our physicians may need to replace or repair the diseased artery. Our multidisciplinary team and state-of-the-art hybrid OR suite provide the perfect combination of expertise and technology to provide you with the best possible results. The surgeons will most likely take a minimally invasive, endovascular approach which results in less pain and a speedier recovery. However, if you are not well-suited for these catheter-based approaches, our surgeons are expert in complex open and hybrid surgical repairs. For this reason, Tufts Medical Center is a referral center providing tertiary level care for the region.
What’s important is that as a team of specialists we will be looking at both your short-term and long-term needs. Additionally, all of your team’s treatment and recovery recommendations are based on best practices from the clinic, therapies that have been proven to work.
To make an appointment with one of our vascular surgeons, please call 617-636-5019.