The FIRST conventional technique involves replacing the ballooned or dilated segment with a synthetic tube. This requires an open surgical incision in the abdomen under general anesthesia.
Estimated length of stay in uncomplicated repairs is 5-7 days. It is a major operation and full recuperation takes 2-4 weeks after discharge from the hospital.
Major advantages are long term durability and survival. The procedure is reserved for patients with good cardiopulmonary function.