OSF St. Joseph Medical Center

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair is the surgical procedure to repair aneurysms once they expand to a certain size. There are two ways to repair abdominal aortic aneurysms: traditional and endovascular.

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulging, weakened area in the wall of the aorta resulting in a ballooning effect. 

Every patient is unique, and our physicians will work closely with you to individualize your care and needs.

Technology

Endovascular aneurysm repair is a minimally-invasive procedure performed to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm. This procedure requires a small incision in each groin.   

Preparing for Your Surgery

Patients work closely with our doctors and nurses prior to the procedure. During this time, you will be instructed not to eat or drink anything after midnight before your procedure. Our staff will inform you what medications you can take the morning of your surgery. 

What to Expect

It is normal to feel some level of anxiety before your procedure. Our surgeons and staff are extremely caring and are here to answer all of your questions to give you peace of mind. 

Your registration process varies depending on the scheduled time of your procedure. You will be given detailed instructions during your office visit. 

Your procedure time will vary depending on the surgical approach.

Recovery

Your recovery varies depending on the surgical approach used to repair your aneurysm. Most patients spend their first night in the intensive care unit (ICU), monitored closely by the nursing staff. 

If you smoke, stop. Do not start smoking.

Take all medications as prescribed.

Your doctor will tell you when to have your aneurysm rechecked, either by ultrasound or CT scan. If your doctor has given you a follow-up appointment, it is very important to keep that appointment. Not keeping the appointment could result in chronic or permanent injury, pain, or disability. If there is any problem keeping the appointment, you must call back to this facility for assistance.

Appointments

Please bring the following to your appointment:

  • All your medicines in the original containers, including any vitamins and herbal supplements you may take
  • Your insurance card and/or Medicare card
  • A completed Medical History form
  • A government issued photo ID (Driver's license, etc.)

Should you need to cancel your appointment for any reason, please call 24-hours in advance whenever possible. If you cannot call at least 24-hours ahead, please call as soon as you know you need to cancel. Chances are, another patient can use your appointment time.