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Long-term survival after less-invasive repair of abdominal aneurysm same as with 'open' procedure
Date:12/18/2012

p>Each year, 40,000 people in the United States undergo elective abdominal aortic aneurysm repairs. Some 1,250 people die within the first 30 days after surgery more than for any other general or vascular surgical procedure, with the exception of colon removal.

People who have abdominal aortic aneurysms are older, usually men and often smoke cigarettes. Freischlag says that people under 70 and who are more likely to follow through with CT scans will benefit from endovascular repair. But it definitely is not best for the older patients for which it was envisioned to be a better option, she says.

"If a patient is young enough and healthy enough to have the open repair, it's a good way to go, because it's cheaper, easier to do and does not require follow-up CT scans every six months," Freischlag says. "But if patients are older and in poorer health, repair may not be an option. Costs and benefits must be carefully weighed for each individual."


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Contact: Stephanie Desmon
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Johns Hopkins Medicine
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