Abdominal aortic aneurysm: open surgery animation 

This short animation shows what happens when you have open surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

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Transcript of Abdominal aortic aneurysm: open surgery animation

Open surgery is the traditional method

of repairing an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Under general anaesthetic,

the surgeon makes a cut into the abdomen to reach the aorta.

The aorta is opened

and then a piece of fabric called a graft

is sutured inside the aneurysm to replace it

so that blood is conducted through the graft instead of the aneurysm.

The aneurysm sac is then closed back over the graft

before the surgeon stitches together the cut made in the abdomen.


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