Endovascular aortic aneurysm repair is a procedure 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 put a man-made tube called a graft inside the aneurysm. Blood will pass through the graft in the aorta without pushing on the aneurysm.
You can expect the cuts (incisions) in your groin to be sore for 1 to 2 weeks. If you have stitches or staples in your incisions, the doctor may need to take them out.
You may feel more tired than usual for 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. You may be able to do many of your usual activities after 1 to 2 weeks. But you will probably need up to 4 weeks to fully recover.
Strenuous activities will not hurt the graft in your aorta, but they may cause problems with the incisions in your groin. You can be more active when your groin is no longer sore.
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 if:
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: November 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Jeffrey J. Gilbertson, MD - Vascular Surgery
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