Background image for the top navigation. The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital link. Clinicians page link. Works on Wellness and Employee Benefits page link Family Services page link. Link to Senior Services page.
Email to a friend    Printer Friendly Page
Text Size: decrease font increase font
Care & Services
Clinical Services
Find a Doctor
Maine Medical Partners
Autism & Development Disorders Inpatient Research Collaborative (ADDIRC)
Cardiovascular Institute - Heart Health at Maine Medical Center
Community Prevention and Wellness - Maine Medical Center
Clinical Departments - Emergency Medicine
Patients, Families, and Visitors - Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine
Maine Digestive Health Center at Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center Scarborough Surgery Center
Neuroscience Institute at Maine Medical Center
Surgical Services at Maine Medical Center
Palliative Care - Maine Medical Center
Portland Identification and Early Referral
Maine Medical Center - Cancer Care At MMC
Maine Medical Center - Maine Transplant
Maine Medical Center - Maine Transplant Program - Message from tjhe Director
Center for Reproductive Health
Geriatric Center | Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center - Department of Emergency Medicine
Maine Medical Center - Integrative Medicine Services
Maine Medical Center - Nephrology and Kidney Transplantation Highlights:
Maine Medical Center - Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center, Adult, Child, Mental Health in Southern Maine
Maine Medical Center - Nutrition Services
Maine Medical Center - Family Medicine
Psychiatry Residency Programs - Maine Medical Center - Department of Psychiatry
About Radiology - Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center - Rehabilitation Medicine
Maine Medical Center - Respiratory Care
Patient and Family Services
Maine Medical Center - Vocational Services - Who We Are
Maine Medical Center - Women's Care

Vascular Center

 

Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Definition
This technique allows your team of a vascular surgeon and interventional radiologist to repair the aortic aneurysm by performing two small groin incisions through which a graft is inserted into the aorta. The graft is held in place by stents similar to those used to open blockages in blood vessels. The graft prevents blood from leaking into the aneurysm and enlarging it. The obvious advantage of Endovascular AAA repair is that a large abdominal incision is avoided and allows patients to recover much faster. Endo AAA Repair PatientHowever, not all patients are candidates for this technique depending upon their anatomy and other factors. Simple testing may be ordered by your vascular surgeon, such as a special CT scan or MRA, to determine if you are eligible for this type of Aortic aneurysm repair. Most patients go home the morning after their surgery and are able to return to work or normal daily activities in about two weeks. 

In preparation for your surgery we have prepared a patient teaching brochure for your review. Please take a moment to read through it as it will answer many of your questions about what to expect throughout your stay at Maine Medical Center. It is our goal to support you and answer any questions you and your loved ones have about what to expect leading up to, during, and after your discharge from the hospital. 

In the days leading up to your operation:

  • You will probably continue to take all major medications; check with your surgeon
  • If not already on a beta-blocker, you will be started on a medication called “Lopressor” (if there is no contra-indication) to decrease the risk of heart related complications
  • The night before surgery do NOT eat anything after midnight. You may have SMALL sips of CLEAR liquids (black coffee, black tea, apple juice, water) up to four hours before your procedure. 

The day of your operation please:

  • Check in 90 minutes prior to your surgery at the Ambulatory Surgical Unit (next to the emergency room)
  • leave all valuables and medications at home
Prior to discharge from the hospital, our team will provide you with detailed discharge instructions including:
Mr Forrest Haselton preparing for discharge the day after his surgery.
Mr Forrest Haselton preparing for
discharge the day after his surgery

  • Activity restrictions
  • Diet
  • Incision or wound care
  • Pain relief
  • When to call your physician for a follow up appointment
  • Who to call with any questions
 
 
 
Learn about risk factors
Vascular Center online resources
 
Health Information

Maine Medical Center | 22 Bramhall Street | Portland, Maine 04102-3175 | (207) 662-0111