Revolutionary practice now at Phoebe

Aneurysm treatment available in Albany. / Phoebe Putney

A revolutionary procedure that just entered the United States within the last few years has made its way to southwest Georgia.

Cardiovascular doctors with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital can now use a Zenith Fenestrated Endovascular Stent Graph to repair abdominal aortic aneurysms.

These types of aneurysms are caused by a weakening of the aortic wall.

Doctors say if the problem remains untreated it could grow until it ruptures, leaving patients with a small chance of surviving.

"Now these patients don't have to drive to Emory. They don't have to drive to Shands down at the University of Florida. They can get their aneurysm repaired here at Phoebe Putney," said Daniel Martin, MD, Cardiovascular Surgical Associates.

Dr. Martin says the goal of therapy is to diagnose and treat the aneurysms before it ruptures.