After Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

After Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

You have had a procedure to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), which happened when a weakened part of a blood vessel in your abdominal area expanded like a balloon. During an endovascular repair, your healthcare provider created two small incisions near your groin. A thin, flexible tube (called a catheter) was threaded into the artery at the incision. A graft was placed inside the catheter and guided toward the damaged part of your aorta to prevent more problems.

Home care

Recommendations for taking care of yourself at home include the following:

  • Avoid strenuous activity for 7 to 10 days after your surgery.
  • Ask your healthcare provider when you can expect to return to work.
  • Gradually increase your activity. It may take some time for you to return to your normal activities.
  • Don't drive for 2 weeks after surgery, especially if you are still taking opioid pain medicines.Ask someone to take you to any appointments.
  • Check your incision every day for signs of infection (swelling, redness, drainage, or warmth).
  • Keep your incision clean. Wash it gently with soap and water while you shower.
  • Don't swim or use a hot tub until your healthcare provider says it is OK.
  • Don't lift anything heavier than 5 pounds for 4 weeks after surgery.
  • Avoid sitting or standing for long periods without moving your legs and feet.
  • Keep your feet up when you sit in a chair.
  • Take your medicines exactly as directed. Don't skip doses.

When to call your healthcare provider

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following:

  • Redness, pain, swelling, or drainage from your incision
  • Fever above 101.0?F (38.3?C)
  • Sudden coldness, pain, or paleness in your leg
  • Loss of feeling in your legs
  • Severe or sudden stomach pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Trouble breathing
  • Pain or heaviness in your chest or arms
  • Any unusual bleeding
  • Unable to urinate
  • Bloody bowel movements or bloody diarrhea


  • Make a follow-up appointment to have your incisions checked and staples removed within 7 to 10 days.
  • Make follow-up appointments as directed.