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
You can expect the cut (incision) in your belly 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
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
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 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.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek
immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your health, and be sure
to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
August 17, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Jeffrey J. Gilbertson, MD - Vascular Surgery
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