Aortic aneurysm repair is surgery to fix a weak and bulging section of the aorta. The aorta is the large blood vessel (artery) that carries blood from the heart through the belly to the rest of the body. The doctor used a man-made tube, called a graft, to replace the weak section of your aorta in your belly.
You can expect the cut (incision) to be sore for a few weeks. The doctor will take the stitches out of your incision about 5 to 10 days after surgery.
You will feel more tired than usual for several weeks after surgery. You may be able to do many of your usual activities after 4 to 6 weeks. But you will probably need 2 to 3 months to fully recover.
For 6 weeks, it is important to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting. These activities will not hurt the graft in your aorta. But they may cause problems with the incision in your belly.
Some people find that they feel sad or more emotional than usual while they are recovering after this surgery. This may last for up to 6 weeks after surgery. Talk with your doctor if your sadness continues or if you have concerns about how you are feeling. Treatment and other support can help you feel better.
Be sure to tell your dentist and doctors that you have the graft. This is important because you may need to take antibiotics before certain procedures to prevent an infection.
You might have a test, such as an ultrasound or CT scan, every few years to check your repaired aorta.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
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 advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) 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.
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