Rapidly enlarging abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) typically require surgery which involves the placement of a graft that replaces the weakened section of the aorta. This requires an incision in the abdomen and is called an open aneurysm repair.
Less severe AAAs can be treated by endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR). This procedure involves small incisions and entry into the artery, then the surgeon is guided by X-ray imaging. The vascular surgeon then introduces a small device into the aorta. The device is used to reinforce the artery wall and eliminate the pressure on the weakened area of the aorta.
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