My father was told he has an abdominal aortic aneurysm. But they are taking their time at getting him on the schedule for surgery. Is this common?

Urgency varies. Urgency to repair varies with size of the aneurysm > 5.5 cm, rate of enlargement, and symptoms.
Sometimes. If it is leaking he should go right away. If it is stable there is no rush.
When to fix AAA. The urgency to fix an aneurysm should be based on the size of the aneurysm. In most cases we do not consider repair unless the aneurysm is 5.5cm or larger.

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How does one get rid of an abdominal aortic aneurysm; it sounds really major surgery?

AAA. By endo vascular non-invasive intervention or by open abdominal surgery to replace that segment of the aorta. Decisions depend of risk factors (age, health situation, risk of post-op complication, comorbidities...). Read more...
Surgery. There is no known medical treatment for abdominal aortic aneurysm AAA . If the AAA reach certain diameter 5-5.5 cm then it needs repair : endovascular stent or open surgery. Read more...

Can people over age 80 have an abdominal aortic aneurysm repaired through endovascular surgery?

Aneurysm repair. At that age, the risk of death is extremely high, as the body does not only have aneurysm but other vascular problem accumulated with life and the causes of aneurysm. Generally an "stenting" is done, endovascular surgery is simple, less invasive, and doe not include open replacement of the aorta segment in the abdomen. Read more...
Depends. If an 80 year old life expectancy is more than 2 years and depending on his aneurysm size and anatomy then yes it can be done by endovascular technique. Read more...
Yes. Non surgical AAA repair was designed for patients at high risk for conventional surgery (elderly and frail). There are anatomic criteria that must be met by the patient. Not all qualify. Read more...
Age and endo repair. Absolutely. It is anatomy not age that typically determines who can have it. Read more...

Why can't my family member talk after abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery?

Possibly a stroke. If your family member had a stroke during the surgery that affected the speech center(in the left side of the brain), they might have speech difficulties. A consult with a neurologist is the next step. Read more...
Something else. The aneurysm repair or surgery is independent of speech. Still medicated? Stroke? Depressed? Need to talk with the surgeon and review testing. Read more...

Abdominal aortic aneurysm -- when should you have surgery?

Depends. The natural history of AAA is that they enlarge and rupture. The larger, the greater the risk of rupture. When open surgery was the only option, AAA were usually repaired when they were 5-5.5 cm in diameter. With stent grafts as an option now, many vascular surgeons will fix AAA at a smaller diameter, like 4.5 cm, especially in a younger patient with a long life expectancy. Read more...

At what point should I consider surgery for my abdominal aortic aneurysm?

5.5 cm. According to the new england journal of medicine, an abdominal aortic aneurysm should be repaired when it reaches 5.5cm or if the patient is diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm that is rapidly enlarging. Read more...
Large or gets bigger. Greater than 6cm or some say greater than 5 cm ... Or if getting bigger, more than 1 cm increase per year ... Or if affecting your abdominal organs ... Read more...
Repair AAA. All other things aside the only good correlation with risk of rupture for abdominal aortic aneurysm is aneurysm sac size and the threshold for considering repair is an aneurysm sac measuring 5.5 cm or larger or expansion of the sac by greater than .5 cm per year in a patient with no symptoms. Read more...

What kind of stomach pain does a person get if he has an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

None. Having an aneurysm will not necessarily give you any pain. Symptoms may or may not occur even with large aneurysms. On many patients, symptoms occur when expanding or when rupture occurs. Unfortunately about 17, 000 americans die from aneurysm rupture /yr. Sudden flank pain usually on the left, abdominal distention, low back pain, with or without passing out, hypotension, collapse.Must diagnose early. Read more...
Pain. When you have an aneurysm of the abdominal aorta any type of abdominal pain is significant and should not be taken lightly. At that point the only way to identify the cause of the pain is to have a ct scan. This is very serious and should be evaluated emergency in the emergency room. Read more...

Is it safe to get in a tanning bed with a small abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Physicians. Have you ever heard of a physician telling patients that tanning beds are safe? Read more...
Tis not safe at all. Not unless the small abdominal aortic aneurysm has been cleared by airport security! lol! couldn't resist the one liner! but seriously..... With or without any type of abdominal aorta i must agree with dr. Killian, suntanning beds are by no means safe or without risk for other really nasty things like skin cancers or at the very least skin burns of a serious nature. Read more...
AAA. Don't use tanning beds. They are terrible for your skin and can cause cancer. It has nothing to do with your aneurysm. Read more...
Well. Getting into a tanning bed might be safe as long as you never turn it on ! tanning beds are a major risk for skin cancer. Read more...
Absolutely. There is nothing about an abdominal aortic aneurysm that would be affected or influenced by a tanning bed except perhaps trying to lift the bed or move it around. Tanning beds carry their own inherent risks however, from increasing your risk for developing skin cancers to overt burns or electrocution injuries. Used properly and in moderation, like with everything in life, you should be fine. Read more...
For the aneurysm. The aneurysm will not be affected by the tanning bed. You should be aware of the risks to your skin, however. Read more...

Is it safe to get in a tanning bed with a small abdominal aortic aneurysm? I have had it almost four years & it is smaller then a pea

Yes. Anything that doesn't incur increase in intra-abdominal pressure such as holding your breath with activity shouldn't cause any additional risk than getting in and out of a regular bed. Read more...

Abdominal aortic aneurysm. Who should get screen, and who really should be screened?

Men who have smoked. National guidelines recommend that men who have ever smoked should be screened for abdominal aortic aneurysm between the ages of 65 and 75. You can check out the recommendations here: http://www.Ahrq.Gov/ppip/men50.Htm. Ask your doctor if you're at risk. Read more...
AAA. Family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm , smoker, male more than female, hypertension, high cholesterol with one or any combination of these risk factors should be screened. Read more...