Aortic aneurysm repair is surgery to fix a bulge in the aorta. The bulge is called an aneurysm. The aorta is the largest artery in the body. It begins at the heart and runs through the chest and abdomen.
Reasons for Procedure
The procedure is often done when the aneurysm:
Gets too big
Has burst—which causes life-threatening bleeding
Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:
An incision is made over the area of the aneurysm. This may be the abdomen or chest. The aorta is clamped slightly above and below the aneurysm. Any blood clot inside the aorta is removed. An artificial wall (graft) is used to strengthen the area. The graft will be stitched to the normal aorta on either side. Then, the clamps are removed. The wound is closed with stitches. A bandage will be placed over the site.
A small incision is made in the leg. A stent will be inserted in this incision and into the aorta. It will be moved to the aneurysm. The stent will take pressure off the aorta wall. This will prevent it from bulging or leaking. The incision will then be closed. A bandage will be placed over the site.
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Last Updated: 8/26/2021
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