Cheltenham Vascular Unit


Laparoscopic aortic aneurysm surgery
Aortic aneurysm
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Smaller incisions
Less post operative pain
Early feeding
Early moblisation
Shorter inpatient stay
Challenges of laparoscopic aneurysm surgery
What is Laparoscopic aortic aneurysm surgery?

Laparoscopic or "keyhole" aortic aneurysm surgery is carried out by making very small cuts in the patientís abdomen,  a fine telescope (a laparoscope) and other  instruments are inserted through these cuts.
Using these instruments the surgeon performs the aortic aneurysm repair without making a large cut in the abdomen.
As with open surgery the synthetic graft (tube) is sewn in place to replace the weakend area of the aorta.

Nice has produce information on laparoscopic aortic aneurysm surgery.

The main benefits of laparoscopic aortic aneurysm surgery are outlined below.
Surgery is technically demanding
Appropriate training and mentorship is essential
Initally operative time may be increased
What is an aortic aneurysm?

The aorta is the main blood vessel that comes from the heart, it ascends from the left side of the heart through the chest and into the abdomen where it divides into two braches know as the iliac arteries.
An aneurysm is a ballooning of this artery that occurs as a result of weakening of the arterial wall. When this happens there is a risk of the artery rupturing.  A ruptured aortic aneurysm is often fatal.
Most aortic aneurysms occur in the section of aorta that passes through the abdomen, and are called abdominal aortic aneurysms.
Many smaller aneurysms never require surgery. With larger aneurysms an operation is considered if the risk of the aneurysm rupturing is greater than the risk of surgery.
Aneurysms can affect men and women although it is more common in men over the age of 60.

Laparoscopic aortic surgery video
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Benefits of laparoscopic aneurysm surgery

The video shown below won 1st Prize at the Vascular Society Annual meeting in Manchester 2007

Please be aware that the video below shows graphic images of laparoscopic surgery.