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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 supports or replaces the weakened area.
If you are planning to have a thoracic aortic aneurysm repair your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
Some factors that may increase the risk of complications with heart surgery include:
Your doctor will likely do the following:
Talk to your doctor about your medication. You may need to stop taking certain medication for one week before surgery, such as:
Your doctor may also ask you to:
General anesthesia will be given. You will be asleep during the procedure.
Before you are brought to the operating room (OR), you will have IVs placed and your skin prepped. Once in the OR, a breathing tube will be placed in your throat and you will be put to sleep. Next, an incision will be made through the skin and the breastbone will be split to open the chest. You will be connected to a heart-lung machine. Since the heart needs to be stopped for the surgery, this machine will act as the heart and lungs. The diseased part of the aorta is removed and replaced with a graft (tube) through which the blood will flow.
You will be monitored in the intensive care unit, where you will have the following interventions:
How Long Will It Take?
The surgery can take anywhere from 3 to 5 hours.
How Much Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia prevents pain during surgery. You may be given medication for any pain during recovery. Pain levels vary from patient to patient.
Average Hospital Stay
The average stay is 4 to 7 days.
At the Hospital
When you return home, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
Every patient’s recovery can be different. You will need to shower, daily, with a mild soap. Ask your doctor when it is safe to take a bath or soak in water. You may find that there will be some areas of discomfort in the area of surgery that can last for several weeks. Also, it is common that you may feel tired for many weeks following this type of surgery.
You will be asked not to do any type of heavy lifting for two months that will cause pain at the surgical site. People with jobs requiring strong physical activity may require additional time before resuming those types of activities. Be sure to ask your doctor when you can drive and return to work.
When to Call Your Surgeon
In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.
To learn more about how we can help you, contact us. We’ll return your call the same day and can secure you an appointment with one of our doctors within the week.
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