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Open repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
An aneurysm is a swelling or dilation of a weakened wall in an artery. Arterial aneurysms have a tendency to grow and burst causing life threatening bleeding. Treatment of this disease has been ongoing for many years through open surgical repair of the dilated artery. Using an abdominal incision, open surgical repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms allows complete removal of the aneurysm with replacement using a piece of Teflon tubing. Within the last five years a new approach to treating aortic aneurysms has been developed. This is a minimally endoscopic invasive approach that was pioneered by Surgical Care Associates in this area.

Minimally invasive endovascular repair is performed through tiny incisions in the groin using advanced x-ray and catheter technology. Patient’s who have undergone this new mode of treatment spend much less time in the hospital and return to their normal activities much earlier.

For more information regarding this endovascular aneurysm repair, please refer to Stent Grafts of Aneurysms.


Medical Conditions
– Atherosclerosis; hardening of the arteries
– Diabetes
– High Blood Pressure
– Use of tobacco
– High Cholesterol
– Emphysema

Lifestyle Characteristics
– Inactivity
– Smoking

Gender and Age
– Predominantly male gender
– Generally 55 years and older
– Family History

Warning Signs
– Often there is no warning prior to rupture
– Acute Back pain
– Acute Abdominal Pain
– Fainting

Recovery
– 3-5 days hospital stay — open vs 1 day hosptial stay endovascular
– 2-3 weeks to full activity — open vs 3 - 5 day for endovascular


Questions related to this subject:
– Is my aneurysm big enough to fix?
Depends on size, larger aneurysms have higher rupture rates.

All known aneurysms should be followed closely.



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