If you have a large AAA, surgery to strengthen it with a piece of man-made tubing (a graft) is usually recommended because the risk of it bursting is bigger than the risk of complications from surgery.
There are two main types of surgery for an AAA:
endovascular surgery – the graft is inserted into a blood vessel in your groin and then carefully passed up into the aorta
open surgery – the graft is placed in the aorta through a cut in your tummy
Both techniques are equally good at reducing the risk of an AAA bursting, but each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Talk to your surgeon about which is best for you.
If surgery isn't suitable for you, you'll have regular scans to monitor your aneurysm and be given advice about healthy lifestyle changes, and you may be prescribed medication to help stop the aneurysm bursting.
In endovascular surgery, a graft is inserted into a blood vessel in your groin through small cuts made in your skin. It's then carefully guided up into the aneurysm.
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