Doctor performs complex surgery to save life of patient with severe abdominal artery aneurysm condition


The weakened artery was strengthened by implanting a multi-segmental customized stent graft and the risk of rupture has been avoided.

Dr.Ali Keivanjah, Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Burjeel Hospital, Mr. S.K., an entrepreneur

Abu Dhabi, UAE: The life of a 59-year-old Pakistani patient who was at the risk of suffering a rupture of the major abdominal aorta was saved by performing a complex endovascular surgery at Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi. Asymptomatic, his condition was revealed in a medical check-up.

The doctor, Ali Keivanjah, Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Burjeel Hospital, performed a three-hour-long complex endovascular surgery to implant a multi-segmental customized stent graft with five stents inside the abdominal portion of the aorta to provide support for the weakened artery and avoid a fatal rupture.  

The abdominal aorta is the largest blood vessel in the abdominal cavity, and its rupture would lead to severe and fatal internal bleeding. Eight of the ten patients who suffer the rupture die before they reach the hospital.  

The patient, Mr. S.K., an entrepreneur, was diagnosed with over a five-centimeters wide bulging on his abdominal aorta during an MRI scan after he met with a minor accident in Dubai on August 15.    

A resident of Dubai, Mr. S.K, slipped and twisted his leg and fell unconscious. “It took me some time to realize what has happened. A few people at the place helped me. When I regained consciousness, I was unable to stand due to extreme pain in my right leg.”

Later, his son took him to a nearby hospital, but no fractures were found on the X-ray. 

“In the next 4 days, due to severe pain in my leg, MRI test was done which revealed a hairline fracture along with an abdominal aortic aneurysm. I was advised to consult a vascular surgeon immediately due to the size of the aneurysm. After CT scan, it was found that in addition to the abdominal aortic aneurysm, there were multiple iliac aneurysms” said Mr. S.K.

“Surgery was required. I started researching for the best vascular surgeons in the UAE. At last, I came across the name of Dr. Ali at Burjeel Hospital. I visited the doctor and was impressed. He explained to me about the procedure and instilled confidence in me,” he added.

Mr. S.K. got admitted to Burjeel Hospital for the surgery. Implanting the stent is a complex procedure in aortic aneurysm patients, and the surgery needs to be performed with the utmost precision. 

“S.K.’s was a complicated case. The computed tomography angiography (CTA) showed that the fusiform aneurysm measured 5.2cm*5cm with an extension of approximately 13 cm. The affected region included the bifurcation point of the iliac arteries and the left iliac artery. The scan also showed that a similar aneurysm was developing on the internal iliac artery,” said Dr. Ali, who performed a successful surgery. 

Mr. S.K. said that he was pleased with the service at the hospital and thanked the staff and doctor for taking care of him well. “I feel lucky to be living in the UAE and am grateful to the government for investing in the healthcare sector to bring the latest treatment technologies and medical expertise to the country. I am also thankful to my insurance provider, Daman, for their support,” he said.

He was discharged from the hospital three days after the operation. The recent post-operative consultation found that he was perfectly fit. 

About Burjeel Hospital Abu Dhabi: 

Burjeel Hospital is Abu Dhabi’s premier private healthcare facility providing world-class, specialized and superior healthcare complemented by a warm and personalized human touch to the growing population of the emirate of Abu Dhabi. 

A unit of the VPS Healthcare, Burjeel Hospital opened for patients in April 2012 as a Tertiary hospital under the auspices of the Health Authority for Abu Dhabi.  At the core of the organization is a team of exceptionally skilled and highly experienced health professionals, collaborating as multidisciplinary teams with Guests and their families as the main focus, to provide the best healthcare experience.  

Burjeel Hospital received the prestigious Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation in June 2013 – 15 months after starting operations.  Currently, the hospital is affiliated with some of the world’s best healthcare institutions for its center of excellence and is now becoming a renowned center of referral for Cardiovascular, Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Reproductive Medicine and many more specialties handling complex laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgeries.

The hospital has full-fledged pharmacy, laboratory, and radiology units to serve Guests at any time of the day. Burjeel also houses a restaurant and a coffee shop, serving the finest and healthiest cuisines from across the world. Combining all-round specialization and expertise with most advanced technology, Burjeel offers the best in diagnostic, curative, as well as preventive aspects of healthcare.