The popliteal artery is located behind the knee and is one of the more frequent locations we encounter aneurysms. Unlike aortic aneurysms which rupture and cause death, the most feared complication of a popliteal aneurysm is thrombosis – a condition in which the aneurysm causes the artery to acutely clot, blocking blood flow to the lower leg. When this occurs, the risk of limb loss approaches 30%, therefore we actively follow our patients with small popliteal aneurysms to monitor growth, and recommend treatment if the aneurysm reaches 3cm, or if there are other aneurysm-related symptoms. Additionally, up to 80% of popliteal aneurysms are associated with aortic aneurysms. For this reason, our surgeons will screen any patient with a popliteal aneurysm for an aortic aneurysm.
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Open Surgery for Popliteal Aneurysms
Stenting of Popliteal Aneurysms