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Aortic Aneurysm refers to the bulge in the aorta-main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the other body parts. If it grows too big and bursts out, it can become an emergency. So it needs to be treated as soon as possible. The type of surgery involved in Aortic Aneurysm Repair depends on its size and rate of its growth, location and your overall health.Learn More
Open-chest aneurysm repair:
The standard surgical treatment for thoracic aneurysms is open-chest aneurysm repair. In this procedure your surgeon will make an incision either in your belly or chest, depending on where your aneurysm is located.
Next, he/she will restrict your blood flow above and below the aneurysm with the help of clamps. If the aneurysm is located just above the heart, a heart-lung machine will help you in breathing. The surgeon will then remove the section of your aorta that is bulging and replace it with the fabric graft. The graft will allow blood to flow through the aorta without making it bulge. He/she will remove the clamps and allow the blood to start flowing again. The entire procedure can take anywhere from 2 to 6 hours and you may have to stay in the hospital for up to a week to recover. You should be able to get back to your normal activities in about a month.
In this procedure, your surgeon will insert a flexible wire frame sewn onto a special fabric tube, called a stent graft, into your aorta, using a catheter.
The stent graft will help in supporting the weakened artery wall. Afterward, you’ll stay in the hospital for 24 hours to 2 days.Learn Less
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