Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Repair
(Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Reconstruction)
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Reasons for Procedure
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia (such as, lightheadedness, low blood pressure, wheezing)
- Soreness in throat
- Nausea and vomiting
- Excess bleeding
- Irregular heart rhythm
- Kidney damage if blood flow is blocked
- Heart attack
- Paralysis if the spinal cord is damaged
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Detailed pictures of your heart and vessels with:
- Tests of your lung function
- Stop eating or drinking anything after midnight the night before your surgery.
Stop taking some medications up to one week before the procedure, like:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Blood thinners
- Anti-platelet drugs
Description of the Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Provide you with medication and nutrition through an IV.
- Ask you to take deep breaths and cough to prevent mucus from collecting in your lungs.
- Ask you to walk down the hall when you are able.
- Ask you to drink liquids until you can tolerate more solid foods.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions on cleaning the incision site.
- Change your bandages once a day.
- Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
- Ask your doctor when it is safe to resume physical activities.
- Avoid smoking.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Follow a diet that is low in fat and includes fruits, vegetables, and whole grain foods.
- Your doctor may recommend a rehabilitation program.
- It may take 4 to 6 weeks to recover.
- Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.
Call Your Doctor
- Irregular heartbeat
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge at the incision site
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Burning, pain, or problems when urinating
- Nausea or vomiting
- Unusual fatigue or depression
- New, unexplained symptoms
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
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- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 10/2013