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I have a large left popliteal aneurysm. When should I consider surgery?

I have a large left popliteal aneurysm. When should I consider surgery?

Soon: If you have a large aneurysm in the popliteal artery, it is at risk for thrombosing (clogging off) or embolizing (tossing debris), and puts you at risk for losing your leg. Larger aneurysms can also compress local structures and cause blood clots in your vein, or pain from pressure on the nerve. It is also possible for the aneurysm to rupture, but this is more common in aortic aneurysm. ...Read more

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Dr. Patrick Wyffels
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Popliteal Aneurysm (Definition)

Popliteal aneurysm is a swelling of the popliteal artery, which is one of the major arteries of the thigh, running behind the knee. Popliteal aneurysms are a problem because they are prone to rupturing and bleeding, or developing a clot, which then blocks blood flow ...Read more


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How long is the recovery time after having surgery for a popliteal aneurysm repair?

How long is the recovery time after having surgery for a popliteal aneurysm repair?

Aneurysm repair: Within 7-10 days staple will come out. Within 2 weeks you can regain regular activities. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time after having the surgery for a popliteal aneurysm repair?

What is the recovery time after having the surgery for a popliteal aneurysm repair?

2-4 weeks: If treated while asymptomatic, popliteal artery aneurysm repair is accomplished with a fem-pop bypass and tying off the aneurysm above and below the aneurysm itself. Recovery in the hospital is often 2-3 days and gradual return to regular activity is usually seen within 2-4 weeks. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the recovery time after having surgery for a popliteal aneurysm repair?

Can you tell me the recovery time after having surgery for a popliteal aneurysm repair?

Variable: If the popliteal aneurysm was thrombosed (completely blocked, causing loss of blood flow to the foot), recovery can be very prolonged (several weeks to months), compared with a relatively short recovery after an elective repair (several days to weeks). Recovery also depends a lot on other factors (open vs endovascular repair, wound healing issues, heart or lung problems, level of fitness prior). ...Read more

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Can open repair surgery be done on bilateral popliteal aneurysm in 1 surgery? medial approach

Popliteal aneurysms: Bilateral popliteal aneurysm repairs can be done at the same sitting but I prefer staged procedures as it is easier on the patient and the surgeon. Get one leg fixed, make sure it's ok then get the other fixed. Alternatively placement of popliteal stents is a viable option that I prefer to popliteal bypass and aneurysm exclusion. Bypass option is still available if it becomes necessary. ...Read more

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I have tingling sensation behind my left knee. Does this mean I have a popliteal aneurysm?

I have tingling sensation behind my left knee. Does this mean I have a popliteal aneurysm?

Unlikely: Popliteal artery aneurysms are not typically symptomatic (not painful) until they occlude. We don't worry about these rupturing. We worry mainly about these clotting and blocking circulation to the legs. Tingling would not be associated with a popliteal aneurysm. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a popliteal aneurysm rupture?

What does it mean to have a popliteal aneurysm rupture?

Not good...see below: An aneurysm is an dilitation of a blood vessel. This is the result of weakening in the wall of the artery. The weakened wall can rupture, and bleeding into the tissues around the knee occurs, causing tremendous pain and swelling. The blood outside the artery can then impinge on flow to the lower leg and foot, causing ischemia. In all, very bad, and one of the reasons to fix aneurysms electively. ...Read more

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How does a popliteal aneurysm affect sleep?

How does a popliteal aneurysm affect sleep?

Two possibilities...: It could be large enough that the person is aware of a pulsing sensation that keeps him awake. Alternatively, if the aneurysm is thrombosed (clotted), there could be compromised blood flow to the foot which causes pain at night because the leg is elevated (the blood flow is so limited that the person needs the benefit of gravity to get blood to the foot). ...Read more

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Definition)

An aneurysm is a condition where there is weakness in the wall of a blood vessel. A clot can form in the vessel as the vessel widens or expands. An artery with an aneurysm can ...Read more