Study of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms by Endovascular Repair: Old vs. the New

Recently, in the UK, an extensive trial was undertaken to study the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms by endovascular repair, essentially comparing it with the more traditional open repair approach. So it was basically a comparison of the old and the new, trying to find out which was better.

More simply put, the trial was looking to study the use of stent grafts, and was conducted by a team of experts of the United Kingdom Endovascular Aneurysm Repair trial. Through the study, we have been given one of the first and interesting looks into the long-term safety and efficiency of a mainly minimal invasive surgery, that was first performed about 20 years ago by Argentinean surgeon Juan Parodi, MD.

An aortic aneurysm basically happens at a weakened area of the aorta, which is the body's main artery. It is, therefore, needless to say that not only does it require immediate attention, but also a treatment which makes sure that the patient is safe and problem free for as long as possible.

For the first time back in 1951, an expert had suggested that a surgery is the best thing to do when faced with an aortic aneurysm, and since then, various processes and procedures have been tried and experimented with, some being more successful than the others.

Till now, an open surgery has been considered the best option, which is both somewhat dangerous and traumatic. But now, thanks to the new studies and analysis, we have managed to come across an easier, minimal invasive surgery, which seems to be both safer and easier to undertake.

Let's hope the new method turns out to be as nice as touted!

If you want to read more about the study undertaken, feel free to turn to The New England Journal of Medicine.