What is the procedure to repair an aortic aneurysm?

Open surgery and endovascular repair are the two main types of surgery to repair an aneurysm. During open surgery, a surgeon makes a large cut in your belly or chest. The surgeon then replaces the damaged part of the aorta with a graft. Endovascular repair uses a much smaller incision than open surgery.

How long does AAA surgery take?

Surgery for aortic aneurysm replacement may take 2 to 4 hours. Most people recover in the intensive care unit (ICU) after the surgery.

What is normal size of ascending thoracic aorta?

The normal diameter of the ascending aorta has been defined as <2.1 cm/m2 and of the descending aorta as <1.6 cm/m2.

What is the recovery time for aortic aneurysm surgery?

Recovery time following thoracic aortic aneurysm surgery varies based on the size and location of the aneurysm and on the length of the operation. Most people need at least four to six weeks to recover from the surgery.

How serious is aortic aneurysm surgery?

A rupture can lead to internal bleeding and other serious complications. The larger the aneurysm is, the more likely that it will need to be treated with surgery. These types of aneurysms also need to be treated if they’re causing symptoms or leaking blood.

How serious is an aneurysm in the aorta?

An aortic aneurysm is a very serious, potentially deadly condition, particularly when the diameter of the aneurysm grows to 5.5 centimeters. At this size, it is important to have the aneurysm fixed, as the yearly risk of rupture is high enough to warrant the risk of the surgery. If an aneurysm bursts, it is fatal in most people.

How do they treat aortic aneurysm?

If your aneurysm becomes a major problem or grows rapidly in size, you might need surgery. Your doctor will replace the damaged section of your aorta with a man-made tube. Once it’s in place, the graft will make that section of the aorta stronger.