Aneurysm Rehabilitation

Endovascular repair

After the procedure you will be woken up and moved to the recovery area where your vital signs will be monitored for a period of time. You will then return to the ward. You will usually stay in hospital for 1-2 days after the operation, during which times a few more checks will be done to make sure the stent is in the correct place and you are well enough to go home. You will be seen by your surgeon in clinic after 4-6 weeks to check on your progress.

The benefits of endovascular surgery are a shorter operation time, reduced recovery time, less wound complications, lower risk of major complications (such as heart attack or kidney damage) and a shorter hospital stay. However unlike the open surgical operation, you will need to have yearly follow-up scans with your surgeon to check position of the stent-graft. Occasionally minor surgery is required to correct problems with the stent-graft picked up by these scans.

Open Surgical Repair

After the operation you will usually wake up in the intensive care unit. When the doctors are happy you are recovering well you will return to the ward where you will reviewed regularly by your surgeon and other members of the team until you are able to walk, eat and drink normally. After 5-7 days most people are well enough to go home. If external sutures or staples are used to close the wound, they will need to be removed after 10-14 days. After the operation you will be seen in the clinic in 4-6 weeks to check on your progress. Open aneurysm repair is a major operation, so you may not feel back to your normal self until few months after the procedure.