How is the aneurysm fixed?
Surgical repair involves removal of the diseased portion of the aorta. Clamps are placed above and below the aneurysm, which is then cut out and removed. A fabric tube or graft is sewn onto both cut ends, to replace the diseased portion that is removed.
Minimally invasive surgery for aortic aneurysms
There is another technique for repairing an aortic aneurysm that can be used for patients who are at a high risk to undergo major surgery. This involves placing a device called a "stent graft" inside the diseased portion of the aorta without opening the abdomen or chest. The stent is placed inside the aorta through a catheter, which is put through an artery leading to the aorta usually from the groin. This stent graft can relieve most of the pressure of the blood flowing through the aneurysm, preventing rupture.