If you have a large aneurysm, you'll
be referred to a vascular specialist

for a consultation
to discuss the treatment options.

The specialist will explain the risk
of having a large aneurysm

and the potential benefits of treatment.

They will also describe the risks
of any treatment available.

The specialist will usually request
further tests,

including a body scan, or CT,
to look at the anatomy of the aneurysm

and some tests of your general health
to assess your fitness for surgery.

They will then have
a full discussion with you

before a decision is made
based on your personal choices.

Your surgeon will only
recommend treatment

if the risk of your aneurysm bursting

is greater than the risk of
having the operation.

Your best interests
will always be taken into account

and you may choose not to have
anything done about the aneurysm,

particularly if you are not in
the best of health.

There are two types of operation
available to repair a large aneurysm.

Open surgery

or a type of keyhole surgery called
endovascular repair, or stenting.

Some patients and some aneurysms

are not suitable
for both types of operation.