Endovascular Repair Of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Care
Endovascular Repair Of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Details
Alternate Names for Endovascular Repair Of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm:
Minimally invasive repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm
Your doctor may:
- Do a physical exam, blood tests, and imaging tests (eg, CT scan )
- Ask about your medical history, including allergies, current medicines, bleeding disorders, and other concerns
- Have you meet with an anesthesiologist
Before the procedure:
- Do not eat or drink for eight hours prior to the procedure.
Talk to your doctor about your medicines. You may be asked to stop taking some medicines up to one week before the procedure, like:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs (eg, aspirin )
- Blood thinners, such as clopidogrel (Plavix) or warfarin (Coumadin)
Your doctor may use:
- General anesthesia -puts the entire body to sleep
- Regional anesthesia -blocks pain to a part of the body, may be used with a sedative
You will lie on your back. You will receive medicine to ease pain and relax you. Once you are asleep and sedated, a breathing tube will be inserted into your throat and lungs. Sometimes, regional anesthesia will be used. A breathing tube will not be needed in this case.
The doctor will make small incisions in both sides of the groin. Catheters (thin tubes) will be inserted into the blood vessels and threaded up toward the aneurysm. Contrast dye will be injected through the catheters. The doctor will then guide a stent graft to the site. The graft will be placed into the weakened area and extended into both pelvic arteries. To guide each step, the doctor will use live x-ray images. Your vital signs will be monitored. Once the graft is in place, the doctor will remove the catheters. The incisions will be closed. Sterile bandages will be applied.Immediately After Procedure
You will be taken to the intensive care unit (ICU). If you have a breathing tube, it will be removed. Your vital signs will be closely monitored.How Long Will It Take?
About 2-3 hoursHow Much Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia will prevent pain during the procedure. Your doctor will give you medicine to manage the pain during the recovery process. There is little discomfort from the groin incisions.Average Hospital Stay
The usual length of stay is 1-2 days. Your doctor may choose to keep you longer if needed.Post-procedure Care At the Hospital
At the hospital, you will:
- Gradually move around and increase your activity level
- Slowly return to eating solid foods, as tolerated
When you return home, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
- Keep the incision areas clean and dry. Follow your doctor's instructions for changing your bandages.
- Take pain medicine as directed.
- Ask your doctor which activities are safe for you.
- Your condition needs to be carefully monitored. Be sure to go to all of your appointments.
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What to Expect
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