Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair is a type of surgery. It fixes an aneurysm in your aorta. An aneurysm is a weak or bulging part of a vein or artery. Your aorta is a large artery that carries blood from your heart through your belly to the rest of your body.
Without surgery to fix this problem, your aorta could burst. This can cause death.
To do the surgery, the doctor makes a large cut in your belly. This cut is called an incision. Then the doctor puts clamps above and below the weak part of the aorta. This stops blood flow. It allows the doctor to replace the weak part with a tube called a graft. After the graft is in place, the doctor removes the clamps so blood can flow again. Then the doctor uses stitches or staples to close the incision.
You will probably spend 5 to 7 days in the hospital. You will need to take it easy for at least 4 to 6 weeks at home.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of: March 20, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Jeffrey J. Gilbertson, MD - Vascular Surgery
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