Infrarenal abdominal aortic disease: A review of the retroperitoneal approach

Authors

  • P. A. Grace,

    Professor
    1. Department of Surgery, The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
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  • D. Bouchier-Hayes

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Surgery, The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
    • Department of Surgery, The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
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Abstract

Transabdominal exposure is the most widely used surgical approach to the infrarenal aorta. Over the last 30 years a number of surgeons have championed the retroperitoneal approach for repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms and aortoiliac occlusive disease using a variety of incisions. Several studies attest to the clinical superiority of this approach over the transabdominal route and recent evidence demonstrates reduced physiological disturbance with this technique. The retroperitoneal approach is suitable for all elective operations on the abdominal aorta, particularly in patients with high-risk aneurysms and in selected patients with symptomatic and ruptured aneurysms.

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