Aortic Surgery (Minimally Invasive) for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Using smaller incisions and standard instrumentation, UW Health vascular surgeons can repair complex aortic aneurysms with less trauma than full open repair, shortening the patient's length of stay in the hospital without increasing mortality risk.
Minimally invasive surgery usually takes three to four hours. You will be asleep during surgery.
Once the surgeon has exposed the aorta, the repair process is similar to open surgery. The surgeon clamps the aorta, removes the damaged part, and replaces it with an artificial tube.
After the diseased aorta is repaired, the surgeon removes the clamps and allows blood to circulate again. The surgeon closes the incision, and applies bandages to the incision site.
Ask your doctor if the anatomy of your aneurysm is suitable for this type of repair.