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Aortic Aneurysm Surgery

Surgical repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms

Both traditional (open) surgery and endovascular aortic repair are used to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Traditional (open) surgery. If you have open surgery, your doctor will make a large cut in your chest or belly. Then, your aneurysm will be removed and the damaged portion of your blood vessel will be replaced with a man-made graft. For more information about open surgery, see surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Endovascular repair. If you have an endovascular repair, a tube called a stent graft is inserted through an artery in the groin. The stent graft makes a bridge between the healthy parts of the aorta (above and below the aneurysm). Although this procedure works well right away, experts do not know enough about its long-term effects. Because of this, you will need regular X-rays or CT scans for as long as you have the graft.

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