Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
DefinitionThe aorta is the largest artery in the body. The abdominal portion of the aorta carries blood to the abdomen, pelvis, and legs. Sometimes the walls of the aorta weaken and bulge in one area. This is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). AAAs are most often caused by atherosclerosis , also known as hardening of arteries, and high blood pressure .
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Reasons for ProcedureSurgery to repair an AAA is often done when the aneurysm:
- Causes physical symptoms such as abdominal pain
- Reaches a size of 2 inches (5 centimeters) across or has been growing rapidly. Smaller aneurysms are watched closely. They are rarely repaired with surgery.
- Has burst—Surgery must be done right away.
Possible ComplicationsYour doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Problems from general anesthesia, including lightheadedness, low blood pressure, and wheezing
- Damage to organs
- Heart disease
- Previous episodes of transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke
- Lung disease
- Weakness due to cancer