Treatment of an aneurysm depends on its size, whether (or how fast) it is growing as well as its location within the body. You can explore the comprehensive clinical care services at the Aga Khan University Hospital and gain access to our medically accredited treatment facilities.
If the aneurysm in your affected area is small (up to 1.6 inches or 4 centimetres) and there are no other symptoms, your doctor will likely take the approach of observation and waiting. This is because in such a case, the risk of invasive surgery often outweighs the benefits of removing the aneurysm surgically. Your doctor will order an ultrasound scan every six to twelve months and ask you to monitor your symptoms carefully.
If the aneurysm in your affected area is medium-sized, (up to 2.2 inches or 5.5 centimetres) it is more difficult to weigh the risks and benefits of surgery. Treatment will then depend on a case to case basis and will be left to the discretion of your doctor.
If the aneurysm in your affected area is large in size (bigger than 2.2 inches or 5.5 centimetres) and is rapidly growing, the likelihood of surgery increases. A synthetic tube will be inserted in place of the damaged section of the aorta. This type of surgery is very risky and it may take you several months to recover fully.