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.
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.