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there are true and false (pseudo) femoral aneurysms
true femoral aneurysms are rare.
femoral artery pseudoaneurysms are most often seen in the setting of previous femoral artery catheterization
you probably have had femoral artery catheterization when you had your AAA repair or prior cardiac catheterization procedures.
pseudoaneurysms with a diameter greater than 3 cm, and those found in patients who are anticoagulated should usually be treated
so you might need surgery to repair that pseudoaneurysm which can be done
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What are the risks considering my age and medical conditions?
your risk are low since this sounds like a pseudoaneurysm.
caused by prior femoral artery catheterization
and it can be fixed with surgery.
I was recommeded for angioplasty a few years ago and I had a catherter? inserted from my groin area but I opted out for it to be done
could this have been the cause?
groin catheters can cause these pseudoaneurysms.
they are not true aneurysms.
how would they determine if its true or not
will I have more scans performed?
from your history it sounds like a pseudo.
true femoral aneurysms are very very rare.
can they be repaired aswell?
yes, they can be fixed with surgery.
and is that low risk too?
yes, that would be low risk surgery.
less risk than your AAA repair.
I am a bit scared of surgery as I had an AAA repair done in 1983 when I was a lot younger and stronger and my heart stopped during it
don't be scared.
the femoral pseudoaneurysm fix would be easier.
how long would the recovery time be on average?
and the length of stay in hospital?
most likely a few days to a few weeks recovery.
the length of stay varies from patient to patient
but usually not a long stay, maybe a few nights.
these questions are best answered by your vascular surgeon after the consultation.
or during the consultation.
best of luck to you
you will be fine.
let me know if you have other questions.
you are welcome
should this be fixed ASAP?
it should be fixed sooner than later.
it is not an emergency surgery.
but I would not wait 6-12 months.
thank you very much for your answers
you have put me at ease
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