Why is elective surgery performed for an aortic aneurysm?

While both aortic aneurysms and dissections are potentially life threatening, they can be effectively treated when caught in time. Aortic surgery may be elective (scheduled) or performed on an emergency basis. Elective surgery is performed to prevent complications of aortic disease such as aortic valve incompetence, aortic rupture, and aortic dissection. Elective procedures include replacement of the aortic root, reconstruction of the aortic arch, and replacement of a portion or the entire thoracic, and possibly thoracoabdominal, aorta.

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