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What happens after an endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR)?

Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) is a minimally invasive (without a large abdominal incision) procedure performed to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm -- a bulging, weakened area in the wall of the aorta (the largest artery in the body). After the procedure, you may or may not be taken to the intensive care unit (ICU); however, you may be taken to a post anesthesia care unit (PACU). You will be connected to monitors that will constantly display your electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) tracing, blood pressure, other pressure readings, breathing rate, and your oxygen level. You will remain in either the ICU or PACU for a designated period of time and then transferred to a regular nursing care unit.

You will be given pain medication for incisional pain or you may have had an epidural (a type of anesthesia that involves continually infusing an anesthetic medication through a thin catheter (hollow tube) into the space that surrounds the spinal cord in the lower back, causing numbness in the lower body, abdomen, and/or chest) placed during surgery which will help with postoperative pain.

Your activity will be gradually increased as you get out of bed and walk around for longer periods of time. Your diet will be advanced to solid foods as tolerated.

Arrangements will be made for a follow-up visit with your physician.
After an endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR, also called "stent grafting"), you will probably spend a day or two in the hospital. The healthcare team will monitor you and run tests to make sure the stent graft is stable. When you are ready to go home, have someone drive you.

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