Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

To prevent death from rupture of the aneurysm.

Preoperative Evaluation:
First your doctor performs a complete history and physical exam. Then the initial test to detect and measure the aneurysm is either an ultrasound (Aortic ultrasound ) or a CAT scan (computed tomography) of the aorta. If aneurysm repair is to be undertaken, further anatomic information is obtained with an aortogram (X-ray study of the aorta using dye). A stress test may be ordered as well. This is to be sure that the heart is strong enough to withstand surgery.

The aneurysm is replaced with an artificial blood vessel made from specially woven Dacron material.

Length of Stay: One to three days in the intensive care unit (ICU) followed by 4 to 6 days in a regular room.

Recovery: 4 to 6 weeks with no driving for two weeks and no heavy lifting (over 15 lbs.) for 6 weeks.