Why have I been offered this operation ?
What does it involve ?
What tests will I need ?
What are the risks ?
There are other risks associated with any general anaesthetic and any operation such as chest or wound infection, DVT, difficulty passing water postoperatively, but precautions are routinely taken for these.
The question most patients want answered is the risk of dying associated with the operation. This is about 2%, from all possible causes but predominantly heart problems. Your surgeon should discuss these risks with you in the clinci, particularly if your risks are above average, as well as reviewing them just before the operation.
What will happen in hospital ?
After the operation you will go to the recovery suite, and remain there for a couple of hours until the team are happy to move you back to the ward. Some patients remain on the Extended Recovery Unit in the recovery bay overnight or occasionally the High Dependency Unit for closer monitoring.
You can eat and drink as soon as the surgical and anaesthetic team are happy that all is well postoperatively, usually within a couple of hours. The drips and catheter will be removed as you begin to mobilise, you will get a bit of discomfort and perhaps some bruising in the groins but you should be walking to the bathroom and around the ward the day after surgery and most people are ready to go home by about 4 days. Some patients get backaches after the operation, we think this is due to the aneurysm sac closing off. It usually settles after a couple of days and simple pain killers are effective.