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How can it be treated?

There are two main options for treating an abdominal aortic aneurysm:

Endovascular: this is also known as ‘minimally invasive surgery’ and involves a cut in the groin and passing a stent into the aneurysm. Before this can happen all the patients with the abdominal aortic aneurysm will have a special scan to look at whether the aneurysm is suitable for minimally invasive treatment. Patients usually stay in hospital between 1-3 days.

Open: This is the conventional form of treatment requiring a open operation on the tummy with a stay in the intensive care unit afterwards. Patients will stay in the hospital for 5-7 days.