Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair decision aid

NHS RightCare
NHS RightCare
Publication date:
01 January 2017


This decision aid is to help you decide what to do if you have been diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm 5.5 centimetres or wider in diameter. If you have an aneurysm of this size, you have a higher chance of it rupturing. This can be fatal.

There are several options available but not all options are suitable for every aneurysm or patient. It’s important that you make the choice that you think is best for you. Some types of treatment may be more or less suitable, depending on the type of aneurysm you have. Your doctor can tell you if all the treatments are suitable for you, or if some may be medically better than others.

Shared decision making (SDM) is the conversation that happens between a patient and their health professional to reach a healthcare choice together. This conversation needs patients and professionals to understand what is important to the other person when choosing a treatment.