This has been the traditional and only type of treatment before the minimally invasive endovascular repair revolutionized the management of abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Open aneurysm repair is still though a needed and for a subset of patients the only alternative.

This involves the vascular surgeon making a midline abdominal incision to access the aneurysm.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Open Repair

The diseased portion of the aorta is replaced with a woven cylindrical graft that acts as a replacement blood vessel.

Abdominal aneurysm surgery is highly effective and durable.

Typically patients who undergo this procedure have a supervised hospital stay for up to a week after surgery, and it takes one to three months for a complete recovery.

As with any operation, open surgical repair has a risk of complications.

You will want to discuss them thoroughly with your vascular surgeon.