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Open Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about open repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)?

Open repair of an AAA is surgery to remove an aneurysm (bulge) in your aorta. The aorta is a large blood vessel that goes from your heart down into your abdomen. The AAA will be replaced with a graft (tube). After surgery, blood will flow through the graft instead of the aneurysm. The surgery will help prevent your aneurysm from bursting or leaking. A burst or leaking aneurysm can be life-threatening. Open repair of an AAA may be planned if the aneurysm is growing but not leaking. The repair will be done immediately if the aneurysm bursts.

How do I prepare for a planned open repair of an AAA?

What will happen during open repair of an AAA?

What should I expect after open repair of an AAA?

What are the risks of open repair of an AAA?

You may bleed more than expected. You may develop an infection in the surgery area or the graft. Blood flow to your legs or spine may be decreased from blood vessel damage or a blood clot. The decrease may cause weakness or loss of movement in your legs, or damage your kidneys or bowel. You may have a problem getting or keeping an erection if you are male. Any of these problems may be permanent. You may develop another AAA even after you have this surgery. You may have a heart attack or stroke during or after surgery. These can be life-threatening.

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