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The part of the body that lies between the thorax and the pelvis and encloses the stomach, intestines, liver, spleen and pancreas.
A localized widening (dilatation) of an artery, vein or the heart.
The large trunk artery that carries blood from the left ventricle of the heart to branch arteries.
An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is an enlargement or weakened bulging area of the aorta (the main artery that caries blood away from the heart). As it enlarges, it can rupture and cause death. Depending on the patient’s general health, the size of the aneurysm and the rate of growth, surgery may be recommended.
The traditional method of repairing an abdominal aortic aneurysm is open repair, which is performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon begins with a large incision to the abdomen. Blood flow is temporarily stopped above and below the aneurysm. The aneurysm is opened and repaired by sewing a synthetic tube known as a graft in the bed of the enlarged aorta.
After the procedure, you will be monitored closely in the intensive care unit (ICU). You may have a tube in your throat until you are stable enough to breathe on your own. After this tube is removed, you will be asked to cough and take deep breaths. Though this will be painful, it is crucial so as not to develop pneumonia. You will be given pain medication as needed. When your physician determines you are ready, you will be moved to a post-surgical nursing unit where you will gradually start walking and taking in solid foods. You may be in the hospital for 4 to 7 days, but depending on your circumstances, recovery may be 6 weeks to 3 months.