What is the recovery like for thoracic aortic aneurysm surgery?

Recovery time following thoracic aortic aneurysm surgery varies based on the size and location of the aneurysm and on the length of the operation. Most people need at least four to six weeks to recover from the surgery.

The length of the hospital stay depends on the person's condition and the operation performed, but typically people should expect to stay in the hospital for about a week.

Taking control of blood pressure and keeping it in a healthy range will help reduce the need for future surgery. After thoracic aortic aneurysm surgery people likely require lifelong monitoring of the diameter of the aorta to be sure problems don't develop in other areas. Keeping regular appointments with a heart specialist will help monitor the aorta and reduce the chances of future problems.

This content originally appeared online in "The Patient Guide to Heart, Lung, and Esophageal Surgery" from the Society of Thoracic Surgery.

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