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Summer 2008


Patients who have unfavourable anatomy for endovascular repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm require open repair. This is particularly the case for juxtarenal aortic aneurysms, or those patients with small or occluded iliac access vessels.

An experience of ‘fast-track’ abdominal aortic aneurysm repair that was previously reported is updated in the present case. A retroperitoneal approach to the aorta is taken, using a small incision, and is followed by a patient care pathway protocol that demonstrated excellent results and a shortened length of stay. The present update on 56 patients is approximately double the previously reported experience.