Repairing Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
In men, surgery is typically recommended for abdominal aortic aneurysms that are causing symptoms or that are 5.5 cm or larger in diameter. In women, surgery may be recommended for smaller aneurysms.
Surgery is also recommended for small aneurysms that have grown more than .5cm in six months.
The decision to have surgery, delay surgery, or not have surgery at all depends on many factors. These may include age or medical problems that make surgery more dangerous.
Both traditional (open) surgery and endovascular aortic repair are used to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms. Talk to your doctor about which surgery is best for you.
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