Florida Hospital offers both open surgical procedures and minimally invasive endovascular surgery for those who need aortic aneurysm repair. These procedures have proven to be effective treatments for aortic aneurysms.
The aorta is the body’s largest artery. It carries oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body body. An aortic aneurysm repair is necessary when the artery wall becomes weakened (aneurysm). It may bulge or bubble out. As the blood pumps, it puts pressure on the weakened wall. This can lead to rupture of the artery and uncontrolled bleeding.
Both open surgical procedures and minimally invasive endovascular surgery can be used for aortic aneurysm repair . Both procedures are effective in repair or replacing the weakened wall of the aorta.
During the open surgical procedure, doctors make a large incision in the abdomen to get exposure to the aneurysm. They then repair or replace the aneurismal aorta by using a plastic/cloth tube (prosthetic). On the other hand, the minimally invasive endovascular surgery uses specialized tools that are threaded from the groin into the aorta in order to complete the aortic aneurysm repair. This reduces the size of the incision, is associated with significantly less pain, fewer complications, shorter stay in hospital and a faster recovery time.