Open Surgical Repair
Direct surgical repair of the aneurysm has been the standard approach for over 50 years. An incision is made in the abdomen, the aneurysm is isolated and opened, and a synthetic graft is sewn to the aorta. The vascular graft is usually made of a polyester type material, and essentially replaces the diseased portion of the aorta. This is a major surgery performed under general anesthesia. Recovery from the operation typically requires 7 to 10 days in the hospital and another 6 to 8 weeks of convalescence at home. Although this is a significant undertaking, results of this operation are generally good, and the chances of further problems are remote.