DWQA QuestionsCategory: Vascular Surgery QuestionsWhen an abdominal aortic aneurysm needs to be operated on?
Andreas M LazarisAndreas M Lazaris Staff asked 3 months ago
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Andreas M LazarisAndreas M Lazaris Staff answered 3 months ago

It depends on whether it causes any symptoms or not. If it does, then a repair is absolutely necessary. On the other hand, if it does not cause any symptoms, the decision to operate or not mainly depends on its size. If its largest diameter is greater than 5.5 cm an operation has to be done. Otherwise, an observation strategy is an option.
In any case, a professional assessment by a certified vascular surgeon is mandatory.