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Aortic Aneurysm

A vascular surgeon may recommend that a surgical procedure called open aneurysm repair if an aneurysm is causing symptoms, or is larger than about 2 inches, or is enlarging under observation. During an open aneurysm repair, also known as surgical aneurysm repair, the surgeon makes an incision in the abdomen and replaces the weakened part of your aorta with a tube-like replacement called an aortic graft. This graft is made of a strong, durable, man-made plastic material, such as Dacron®, in the size and shape of the healthy aorta. The strong tube takes the place of the weakened section in the aorta and allows blood to pass easily through it.