What are some complications of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair?

Open repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) -- a bulging, weakened area in the wall of the aorta (the largest artery in the body) -- involves an incision of the abdomen to directly visualize the aortic aneurysm. As with any surgical procedure, complications can occur in AAA open repair. Some possible complications may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias)
  • Bleeding during or after surgery
  • Injury to the bowel (intestines)
  • Limb ischemia (loss of blood flow to legs/feet)
  • Embolus (clot) to other parts of the body
  • Infection of the graft
  • Lung problems
  • Kidney damage
  • Spinal cord injury

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