After Open Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
You have had surgery to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). This happens when the main blood vessel in your abdominal area weakens and expands like a balloon. Your healthcare provider placed a graft to replace the part of your aorta that was weak. Here’s what you need to know following surgery.
Recommendations for taking care of yourself at home include the following:
Avoid strenuous activity for 4 to 6 weeks after your surgery.
Ask your healthcare provider how long it will be before you can return to work.
Gradually increase your activity. It may take some time for you to return to your normal activity level.
Don’t drive for 2 weeks after surgery or while you are taking opioid pain medicine. 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 when you shower.
Don’t lift anything heavier than 5 pounds for 2 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.
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 of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider
Sudden coldness, pain, or paleness in your leg
Loss of feeling in your legs
Severe or sudden pain in your stomach
Fail to pass gas
Bloody bowel movements
Nausea or vomiting
Pain or heaviness in your chest or arms