An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) occurs when the large blood vessel that supplies blood to the abdomen, pelvis, and legs becomes abnormally large or balloons outward. A screening is available to detect a potential AAA.
Medicare covers a free, one-time vascular ultrasound screening during the "Welcome to Medicare" physical offered to new enrollees during the first 12 months of the Medicare enrollment period.
If you are covered by Medicare and meet the following criteria, you are eligible for a free screening.
Your primary care doctor must order the screening for you during the "Welcome to Medicare" physical. Call or visit your doctor to schedule your physical.
An aneurysm can be found though an abdominal ultrasound. An ultrasound machine creates images that allow the organs in the abdomen to be examined for irregularities. The ultrasound is done in a cardiovascular testing lab.
Our team of vascular surgeons will recommend the right treatment for you depending on the size of your aneurysm. Smaller aneurysms might not require treatment, but your doctor may order regular testing to monitor any growth.
For larger aneurysms your surgeon will recommend one of two options:
For more information, visit the AAA screening page on Medicare's website.