Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
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. However, 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:
Prior to discharge from the hospital, our team will provide you with detailed discharge instructions including:
- 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
|Mr Forrest Haselton preparing for
discharge the day after his surgery
- Activity restrictions
- Incision or wound care
- Pain relief
- When to call your physician for a follow up appointment
- Who to call with any questions