The best method to repair an aneurysm depends upon several factors, including the location and shape of the aneurysm as well as the physical condition of the patient.

What is traditional open surgery for aneurysms?

Traditional open surgery as a treatment for abdominal aortic aneurysms and other types of aneurysm includes a long incision to gain access to and repair the aneurysm. Our physicians are recognized internationally for their extensive experience with surgical approaches for treating aneurysms.

Why is this procedure performed? Why do I need this procedure?

The goals of treatment are to reduce the risk of complications from aneurysms. The major risk for untreated aneurysms is rupture, and this threat increases with aneurysm size. The decision to treat an aneurysm with surgery is determined by many factors, including:

  • The presence of symptoms, including abdominal or back pain, or pain in the groin or inner thigh
  • The size of the aneurysm, specifically its diameter
  • The occurrence of rapid aneurysm growth (if the diameter of aneurysm is growing more than 1 centimeter per year)
  • The development of an aortic dissection, which can be heralded by sudden, severe sharp tearing pain in the chest or back
  • The patient's overall medical condition
  • The presence of a connective tissue disorder, such as Marfan Syndrome

Each patient is evaluated, and treatment will be individualized for the patient's circumstances.

Where is the procedure performed and who performs this procedure?

This aortic aneurysm treatment procedure is performed in the hospital surgical suite by a vascular surgeon.

How do I find out if I am a candidate for this procedure?

To find out if you are a candidate for this procedure, please call the Vascular Surgery Department at 216.444.4508 or 800.223.2273 ext. 44508.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 04/22/2019.

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