Abdominal Aortic Repair


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Expiration Date

28 Feb 2026

Last Reviewed

1 Mar 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

90 Minutes

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Activity Description

Abdominal aortic repair is a major surgical procedure done to treat an aortic aneurysm. Elective surgery on an abdominal aortic aneurysm is indicated when an aneurysm is four or five cm or larger. Usually, the aneurysm is resected, and the aorta is replaced with a tube graft. Alternatively, an endograft may be placed, the femoral artery is accessed, and the graft is placed across the aorta under fluoroscopic guidance. This activity reviews the indication, contraindication, technique, and complications of both methods and the role of the healthcare team.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Outline the different approaches for treating abdominal aortic aneurysms.
  • Review the complications of the different treatment approaches for abdominal aortic aneurysms.
  • Summarize the indications for treating an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
  • Describe the importance of improving care coordination amongst the interdisciplinary team to improve outcomes for patients affected by an abdominal aortic aneurysm.


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American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease
American Board of Pathology
  • Surgical Pathology
American Board of Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Vascular Surgery

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