Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair is surgery to fix an aneurysm in your abdominal aorta. An AAA occurs when your aorta weakens and bulges out like a balloon. The aorta is a large blood vessel that extends from your heart to your abdomen. An aneurysm that is too big may burst and need repair.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
- Antibiotics: This medicine is given to fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria. Take them as directed.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or vascular surgeon as directed:
You may need to return for more blood tests after surgery. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Care for your incision: You may shower, but do not take a tub bath or go swimming until your caregiver says it is okay. Carefully wash the skin around your surgery area with soap and water. Pat the area dry with a clean towel. You may have a bruise that travels from your groin down your leg, which will disappear over time.
- Check your blood pressure as directed: Keep a record of your blood pressure and bring it with you to follow-up visits. Ask your primary healthcare provider what your blood pressure should be and how to check it. High blood pressure can make your aneurysm worse.
- Do not smoke: If you smoke, it is never too late to quit. Smoking can make your AAA worse and lead to heart disease. Ask your primary healthcare provider for information if you need help quitting.
Contact your primary healthcare provider or vascular surgeon if:
- You have a fever.
- You have pain or swelling in your abdomen that is worse or does not go away.
- Your incision is swollen, painful, red, or has pus coming from it.
- You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
- Your skin is itchy, swollen, or has a rash.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You have nausea and are vomiting.
- You have sudden chest pain or trouble breathing.
- You see blood in your bowel movement.
- Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
- You suddenly feel lightheaded and short of breath.
- You have chest pain when you take a deep breath or cough. You may cough up blood.
- Your stitches or staples come apart or blood soaks through your bandage.
- You have sudden, severe abdominal, back, or side pain. The pain may travel down to your legs, hips, and groin.
- Your heartbeats are faster than normal, or you can feel heartbeats in your abdomen.
- When you touch your abdomen, it feels hard and tight.
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