Review of the literature
A brief history of surgical repair of the abdominal aortic aneurysm
Since India’s Sushruta (800-600 BC) first reported that “aneurysms can be cured only with the greatest difficulty”, the majority of surgeons shared a fear of aortic surgery till the first half of the 20th century. The surgical treatment of AAA became available only in the second half of the 20th century. This presentation summarizes the most important historical milestones in AAA surgery.