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Aortic Aneurysm Surgery Mortality Rate
Do the mortality rates in Aortic Aneurysm surgery include those that are having emergency surgery for dissections, or how are they broken out?
"Aneurysm" has scary implications for many people. It just means an enlargement of an artery. The problem is that when arteries (including the aorta) get too large, their walls become weak and prone to tear (dissection) or rupture. If this happens in the aorta it can be a catastrophe. Management of aortic aneurysms depends on where it is, how big, whether it's growing, ...Read more
Ascending aortic aneurysm growth rate of 6 mm in a year -- now 4.6 is this a growth rate that could be dangerous?
Need to watch: Ascending aortic aneurysms typically need to be repaired somewhere between 5 and 6 cm in diameter. Typical growth rate is between 2-6 mm per year. The important thing is to keep follow up appointments and scans to closely track its growth. Given your age it is likely you will need it repaired at some point. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Open or Stent?: Major surgery of any kind carries certain risks that vary from one person to another, depending upon the patient's general state of health. The surgical risk for repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm increases with age and the presence of other health conditions. As examples, people who have other heart or lung diseases, and people who smoke are more likely to develop complications. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Patients that have minimally invasive aortic surgery using stent grafts can often go home the next day. In my practice patients who have open aortic surgery typically stay in the hospital an average of four days. Some institutions have longer lengths of stay. Aneurysms above the renal arteries also stay longer because of the more extensive nature of the surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
When can patients resume their activities after aortic aneurysm repair surgery using deep hypothermic circulatory arrest technique?
Surgical approach?: The incision used will dictate activity rather than the use of dhca. I would assume you had a sternotomy (through the breastbone). You should lift no more than 5-10# for 2-3 months until the underlying bone heals, after which you should be able to resume normal activity. Have this discussion with your surgeon who should outline the plan for return to full activity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My husband, 78, has aortic aneurysm measuring 4.8. Some mds insist on surgery at 5.0; others wait til 5.4. You? Also, bovine vs cadaver valve: prefs?
5 is standard: To my knowledge aneurysms are intervened when they reach 5.0 cm. Though there are different factors that might affect a given clinical situation, that is the standard. I am not aware of the exact location but some of these aneurysms are treatable with synthetic material stents. I am not aware of an advantage of bovine vs cadaver valves other than that the cadaver is the same species. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer