Aortic Aneurysm Repair/Removal

The aorta is the largest artery in the body. It begins at the heart and runs through the chest and abdomen. Sometimes the walls of the aorta weaken and bulge in one area. An aortic repair is a surgery to create a support for the weakened area.

  • Call Your Doctor

    After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
    • Pain or swelling in your abdomen
    • Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medications you were given after surgery, or which persist for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
    • Pain, burning, urgency or frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine
    • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
    • Pain or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    The aorta is the largest artery in the body. It begins at the heart and runs through the chest and abdomen. Sometimes the walls of the aorta weaken and bulge in one area. An aortic repair is a surgery to create a support for the weakened area.

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    • To prevent an aneurysm from rupturing/bursting, which causes severe, life-threatening bleeding
    • To remove a ruptured aneurysm and repair the damaged aorta

  • Possible Complications

    If you are planning to have an aortic aneurysm repair, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

    • Problems from
      general anesthesia, such as lightheadedness, low blood pressure, and wheezing
    • Infection
    • Bleeding
    • Blood clots
    • Damage to organs or tissue
    • Death

    Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

    • Smoking
    • Emergency surgery due to a burst aneurysm
    • Heart disease

    • Previous episodes of
      transient ischemic attacks
      or strokes
    • Lung disease
    • Debilitation due to cancer
    • Diabetes
    • Obesity