WHAT / CONVENTIONAL SURGERY
Conventional open surgery of abdominal aortic aneurysm
Conventional open surgery of aortic aneurysm is major surgery and the traditional procedure is to cut out a thirty to forty centimeters incision right in the middle of abdomen between xiphoid and pubis and proceed after separating the large intestine, small intestine and other organs into retroperitoneum. Conventional vascular surgery is usually by large incision in order to cut, sewn or bypass graft the aneurysm and replace with an artificial.
Patients usually have to stay at Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) for close monitoring before stabilization and they are not able to eat for four or five days before the stomach functions properly. Due to the large scale of the surgery, patients will be lucky to be discharged within one or two weeks and may take one or two months to be fully recovered to return to their daily lives.
Current technology has been increased the success rate of conventional open surgery of abdominal aortic aneurysm to more than 90% but it is still a high risk option for some elderly patients or patients with multiple medical problems.