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What happens after an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair?

After aortic abdominal repair surgery, patients may expect careful monitoring with risks depending on whether the surgery is done outside the vessel in open abdominal repair, or inside the vessel with placement of a stent in endovascular repair.

Typically anyone who undergoes abdominal aortic repair will be monitored closedly in the intensive care unit (ICU) for evidence of infection, blood pressure control, problems with clotting or bleeding and concern for leaks or blocked vessels, particularly after stent placements. It will also be important that patients look at long-term lifestyle changes and quit smoking, eat well and do light regular exercise to improve their overall cardiovascular health.

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