Can AAA be treated?
If detected before a rupture, the vast majority of AAAs can be successfully treated.
One of the following may be recommended:
If the aneurysm is small, a doctor may decide to watch and wait to see if there are any changes. In the meantime, a doctor may suggest lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, lowering blood pressure, modifying diet or increasing daily exercise.
“Open Surgical Repair”
The section of the aorta where the aneurysm has formed is replaced with a synthetic fabric tube (graft). Open surgical repair is performed under General anaesthesia, usually taking 3-4 hours, and may require a hospital stay of 7-10 days.
“Endovascular Stent Grafting”
This is a less invasive alternative to open surgical repair. The surgeon places a synthetic fabric tube (graft) supported by a metal scaffold (stent) inside the aneurysm. Hospital stays can be shorter – typically lasting 2-4 days.
What Can I Do?
If you or someone you love, like your husband, mother or grandfather, is at risk for AAA, ask your doctor today:
- What is AAA?
- Am I at risk?
- Should I be screened?
- Where can I receive screening?
- What should I do if my screening indicates an abnormality?
- Is there anything I can do to prevent AAA?