Long-term look at aneurysm repair
A new study explores how people fare after surgery or nonsurgical repair.
A weakened widening of the aorta (the main pipeline for delivering oxygen-rich blood to the body) can be deadly if it bursts. This widening is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm, or triple-A for short. There are two main ways to battle this bulge: traditional surgery and a newer approach called endovascular repair.
Surgery is done by opening the belly, moving aside the intestines and other organs, and sewing in a durable patch to fix the bulge. Endovascular repair is performed through two small openings in the groin. Each has its pros and cons.