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If you've been scheduled for an Open Repair of your aortic aneurysm, you probably have some questions. Our guide offers the answers you're looking for, and helps you prepare for your operation.​

About the Operation
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As you wait for your operation, avoid strenuous activities such as heavy lifting. If you have either of the below symptoms, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room:​

  • New and persistent pain in your chest, back, abdomen, or groins
  • ​Feeling dizzy or faint

Your surgeon recommended an Open Repair after carefully considering your age, health, as well as the size, location and shape of your aneurysm.

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During an Open Repair, the surgical team:

  • Makes an incision in the abdomen (stomach area) and, at times, in the groins.
  • Gives you an anticoagulant (blood thinning medication) and then stops the blood flow through the aorta.
  • Opens the section of the aorta affected by the aneurysm.
  • Sews a durable fabric tube (graft) into place, connecting the healthy ends of the aorta.​

How long will I stay in the hospital?

The average hospital stay is 6 to 8 days. Length of stay depends on many factors, including your overall health and how quickly you recover. The vascular team will discuss your recovery each day and help you prepare to go home.

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Download a printable version of the full guide:
Open Repair of Your Aortic Aneurysm​​​​