After the procedure, you will spend
several hours in the post anesthesia care unit (PACU). Your healthcare team will watch
your vital signs, such as your heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. To help
prevent bleeding, you may need to lie flat for several hours after the procedure.
may need to stay at the hospital for a day or more, depending on your condition. Your
healthcare provider will tell you more about what to expect.
You may have some pain after the procedure. You can take pain medicine as advised
by your provider. You can eat a normal diet as soon as you are able.
You may need to take it easy for a
little while after you get home. Ask your provider if you need to limit your activities
and for how long. You may need to take medicines to help prevent blood clots. Follow
of your provider’s instructions about follow-up care. This will help you have a better
Call your healthcare provider right away if you have
- Bleeding from the incision site that won’t stop
- Pain at the incision site that gets worse
- Warmth or redness at the incision site
- Changes in the color of your leg
- Pain in your chest or belly
Make sure to keep all follow-up appointments. You may need regular imaging tests of
your aneurysm after the procedure. This is to help make sure the stent is still in
place. Over time, the bulge of your aorta should start to shrink.
Work with your provider to help
keep your blood vessels healthy and prevent a new aneurysm. Healthy lifestyle changes
may include quitting smoking, exercise regularly, and taking medicines to lower your
blood pressure and cholesterol.