Aortic Aneurysm - Surgery
Surgeons and institutions around the country have differing
experiences with aortic aneurysms and may follow different protocols in the
treatment of the disease. The most important thing to remember is that every
case is unique and complicated. You should work with your doctor to decide
which treatment is best for you.
If surgery is chosen, your
doctor will evaluate your overall health, including assessments of your heart,
lungs, and circulatory system, the kidneys, and the gastrointestinal system.
The decision whether to have surgery is based on the outcome of these
evaluations. The risk of death or injury during the operation increases if
other disease is present.
It is not an option to wait until an aneurysm has ruptured
before surgery is done. Most people who have a ruptured aortic aneurysm die.
Surgery for a ruptured aneurysm is dangerous because of the large amount of