Vascular Surgical Procedures

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Surgical Repair (AAA Repair)

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair is performed to fix a weakened portion of the aorta located in the abdomen. The aorta is the largest artery in the body, carrying oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body, including the abdomen. The weakened aorta can balloon out, becoming thin, large, and fragile. This ballooning is called an aneurysm. As it progresses, there is risk of rupture, with massive internal bleeding.

The traditional repair procedure is an open-abdomen (or open-chest) surgery. The bulging aneurysm part of the aorta is removed, an artificial graft is put in its place, and the remaining aortic end-pieces are re-connected to the graft. The surgery is performed in the cardiac surgery suite or the operating room (OR), under general anesthesia and usually takes 3-5 hours.

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