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So my dad has 2 aneurysms, one on each iliac bifucation. I've done research on dissection, and different approaches for aneurysms at this location. His are approximately at 4.5mm (actually extends into the aorta slightly) and 3.5mm. He was referred to USC, where the surgeon stated that he would like to wait several months to see if they aneurysms have grown.
Now I understand that there is a measurement of around 5mm of more, that elects the patient for surgery.
But seeing as they are almost 5mm, isn't it slightly counterproductive to wait for them to GROW? And if they haven't grown within the next several months, what do you suspect his next move is, watchful waiting? Surgery??
I understand possible complications of the surgery can be serious, but isn't the mortality rate of hemmorhage worse?
Wouldn't it be best (in a sense) to get them while they are smaller? MaKing an already tedious surgery less difficult?
Any and all thoughts and advice are much appreciated!
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