Aortic Aneurysm (cont.)
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What about surgery for an aortic aneurysm?
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Although a ruptured aortic aneurysm can be repaired by surgery, these cases tend to be less successful than in those individuals who undergo surgery for unruptured aneurysms. Generally only about 50% of people who undergo urgent surgery for repair of a ruptured aneurysm survive. Even in those who survive surgery, kidney failure, dead bowel, and leg ischemia are common complications. However, even asymptomatic patients with inflammatory abdominal aortic aneurysm or abdominal aortic aneurysm that have had symptoms of emboli, pain, or bowel obstruction require emergent repair regardless of aneurysm size.
Open surgery has long been the accepted treatment for aortic aneurysms of the chest or abdomen.
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) surgery
Treatment for these aneurysms has recently focused on procedures that are less invasive than conventional surgery.
Thoracic aortic aneurysm surgery
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/20/2017
Shabir Bhimji, MD
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Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) represent a degenerative process of the abdominal aorta that is often attributed to atherosclerosis; however, the exact cause is not known. A familiar clustering of AAAs has been noted in 15-25% of patients undergoing repair of the problem.