Traditional Open Surgery
Open Abdominal or Open Chest Repair
The traditional surgery for aortic aneurysms is open abdominal or open chest repair. This surgery involves a major incision (cut) in the abdomen or chest.
This surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic.
During the surgery, the aneurysm is removed. Then, the section of aorta is replaced with a graft made of material such as Dacron® or Teflon.® The surgery takes 3 to 6 hours; you’ll remain in the hospital for 5 to 8 days.
It often takes a month to recover from open abdominal or open chest surgery and return to full activity.