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Question about abdominal aortic aneurysms and surgery. How massive is the scar and surgery?
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Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Surgery - Plastics
9 doctors agree
In brief: AAA surgery
AAA surgery is a big one and most doctors need a large scar on the abdomen.
There are a few doctors doing them from within the blood vessels but most open the abdomen. Each aneurysm is different and some take longer to do than others. You should ask your surgeon how long your surgery would take. Even if the scar is really long, it's better than dropping dead suddenly from a ruptured one!

In brief: AAA surgery
AAA surgery is a big one and most doctors need a large scar on the abdomen.
There are a few doctors doing them from within the blood vessels but most open the abdomen. Each aneurysm is different and some take longer to do than others. You should ask your surgeon how long your surgery would take. Even if the scar is really long, it's better than dropping dead suddenly from a ruptured one!
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
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Dr. Steven Harris
Surgery - Plastics
6 doctors agree
In brief: Varies
Until recently, a large surgery with a long abdominal scar was always necessary.
Today, some aneurysms can be repaired via a puncture wound in the groin by "unfurling" a flexible liner inside the aneurysm to reinforce it and reduce its diameter. Have a frank conversation with a board-certified vascular surgeon but do not avoid addressing this very serious problem because of the scar!

In brief: Varies
Until recently, a large surgery with a long abdominal scar was always necessary.
Today, some aneurysms can be repaired via a puncture wound in the groin by "unfurling" a flexible liner inside the aneurysm to reinforce it and reduce its diameter. Have a frank conversation with a board-certified vascular surgeon but do not avoid addressing this very serious problem because of the scar!
Dr. Steven Harris
Dr. Steven Harris
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Many options
There are a variety of new options which have expanded the number of approaches with some minimally invasive techniques using an endovascular approach with some stents for limited aneurysms not involving the renal arteries.

In brief: Many options
There are a variety of new options which have expanded the number of approaches with some minimally invasive techniques using an endovascular approach with some stents for limited aneurysms not involving the renal arteries.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not massive
Most of the time if an aneurysm can be repaired with an endograft the incisions are small and in the groin.
If it needs to be repaired traditionally then the incision is larger and is located in the midline of the abdomen.

In brief: Not massive
Most of the time if an aneurysm can be repaired with an endograft the incisions are small and in the groin.
If it needs to be repaired traditionally then the incision is larger and is located in the midline of the abdomen.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
In brief: Small
Or no scars if you get an endograft.

In brief: Small
Or no scars if you get an endograft.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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