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Date Updated:
Thu Jul 25 2019

768, Leapfrog Group, https://www.leapfroggroup.org

Open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair

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An abdominal aortic aneurysm repair is a surgery to fix a widened part in the aorta. The aorta is the large artery that carries blood to the abdomen, pelvis, and legs. An aneurysm is a bulging, weak spot in the aorta. Without treatment to fix the aneurysm, the aorta may rupture and lead to a life-threatening loss of blood. For patients with more serious cases, the surgery is most often performed by making an incision in the abdomen and using a long cylinder-like tube called a graft to repair the enlarged part of the aorta.

Research has shown that patients have better outcomes when they have their open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair performed at a hospital and by a surgeon that have more experience with the procedure. These include lower mortality rates, lower complication rates, and a shorter length of stay than for patients who have their surgery done at a hospital or by a surgeon with less experience. Hospitals should also have processes and protocols in place to ensure that surgeries are not performed when not needed, known as surgical appropriateness.

About this measure

To fully meet standards,

  • The hospital met the minimum hospital volume standard for open abdominal aortic aneurysm repailr surgery; and
  • The hospital’s process for privileging surgeons includes meeting or exceeding the minimum surgeon volume standard.

Scores are reported as:

1 = Willing to Report
2 = Some Progress
3 = Substantial Progress
4 = Fully Meets the Standard

Note: In this measure, a higher number is better.