Patient Resources

Aneurysm Surgery

Post-Operative Instructions After Open Aortic Surgery

  • This is a major operation and it is common to feel fatigue and lack of energy for 6 to 8 weeks.
  • Lack of appetite and bowel irregularity are normal.
  • No special diet is necessary. eat anything you can, your body needs fuel to recover.
  • Resume all your pre-operative medications.
  • Shower and wash daily, especially rub soap on your wounds.
  • Daily walks will speed recovery.
  • When sitting, elevate your legs.
  • Take the prescribed pain medication as directed. it will help to take a stool softener to avoid constipation.
  • Hard areas around or under your incisions are a normal part of healthy healing.
  • Areas of numbness below the groin incisions are normal, and will improve over a few months. massaging the areas helps.
  • Schedule an appointment in our office for about 2 weeks after leaving the hospital.
  • Keep a list of your questions and bring it to your appointment.
  • Call our office if your incisions become very red, tender, or swollen.