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What is open repair for abdominal aortic aneurysms?

Mr Usman Jaffer explains that there are two options to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA): endovascular repair (EVAR) and open repair. Open repair is a major operation which mostly commonly involves an incision vertically down the abdomen (belly). The aorta is then found at the back of the abdomen behind the guts. The area of aneurysm in the aorta is then opened and a fabric tube is fixed inside the aorta to strengthen it. Different types of grafts are used depending on where the aneurysm is located and how far it extends.


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