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How long can I delay scheduling surgery for an aneurysm?

If a patient has a known aneurysm and surgery is advised, the decision to delay or forego surgery increases the risk for rupture or dissection, both of which are serious emergencies with far poorer outcomes than elective surgery. Moreover, emergency procedures are commonly performed at the hospital that is closest in proximity to where the patient developed symptoms. Many of these hospitals may not offer the same level of care and results as an Aortic Center of Excellence.

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