What are the risks and potential complications of the procedure?

Your doctor will discuss the specific risks and potential benefits of the recommended procedure with you. Your physician should discuss both open and endovascular options with you, and should present the risks and benefits of both of these types of procedures so you understand your options completely. In some instances, open surgery may not be an option, while for other patients, endovascular repair may not be feasible.

This is generally a very safe procedure. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are risks. Complications after traditional aneurysm surgery may include heart-related problems, swelling or infections at the site, or respiratory or urinary infections. More serious problems are rare but may include colon problems, kidney problems, or even more rare, paralysis.

This procedure is safe if the patient is in good health, but for older patients or patients with other significant health problems such as a bad heart or lung disease, they may want to consider the minimally invasive option as advised by their physician. Factors such as age, high blood pressure and smoking also prolong recuperation following surgery.

Special precautions are taken to decrease these risks, and there may be other possible risks. When you meet with your doctor, please ask questions to make sure you understand the risks of the procedure and why the procedure is recommended. Learn more about outcomes for this procedure at Cleveland Clinic.

Are there any side effects of the aortic aneurysm treatment?

As with any surgical procedure, you will feel somewhat tired for a few weeks. You will have some discomfort in the area of the incision, but will be given pain medication to relieve this. Many patients will have a diminished appetite for several weeks, and a number of patients may lose up to 20 pounds around the time of the surgery and recovery. It is important to stay active during this time and to continue to try to get up and around after leaving the hospital.

Results of the procedure

Your doctor will discuss the results of the procedure with you. Traditional surgery produces very good outcomes: Patients on average live as long as they would have with no aneurysm. Patients with aneurysms in general should adopt a healthy lifestyle, such as watching their diet and maintaining a routine exercise regimen. These individuals have an increased risk of heart disease and atherosclerosis, and a full evaluation of their risk profile for these diseases should be carried out in conjunction with the aneurysm repair.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 04/22/2019.

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