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Open repair for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

Mr Bicknell explains that open surgery is one of the main treatment options for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). He explains the steps of the procedure, which involves a large cut in the abdomen. When the aorta is exposed, it is clamped above and below the aneurysm. The aneurysm is then opened up and a fabric tube is sown in. It is a major operation which requires a short stay in high dependency or intensive care unit, around 7-10 days in hospital, and a few weeks or months to recover. The short-term complications are higher than the endovascular (keyhole approach). But the main advantage is that the repair is usually more long lasting.

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