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Occurring at the aortic root, which is the section of the aorta that is attached to the heart, an aortic root aneurysm can cause a life-threatening condition called aortic dissection. In this condition, blood flows through a tear in the inner layer of the aorta, causing the layers to separate. Blood flow becomes interrupted and causes the arterial wall to burst.
If you are planning to have a valve-sparing aortic root replacement, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
Your doctor will likely do some or all of the following:
Talk to your doctor about your medicines. You may be asked to stop taking some medicines up to one week before the procedure, like:
Your doctor may also ask you to:
General anesthesia will be used. You will be asleep.
During a valve-sparing aortic root replacement, the enlarged section of the aorta is replaced with an artificial tube (graft). The aortic valve remains in place, and the valve is sutured inside of the graft.
You will be brought to a recovery room after surgery. You will be monitored there for any negative effects from the surgery or anesthesia.
How Long Will It Take?
One hour to a few hours
How Much Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia prevents pain during surgery. The incision will cause some pain after the surgery. Talk to your doctor about medicines to help you manage the pain.
Average Hospital Stay
The usual length of stay is 4 to 7 days. Your doctor may choose to keep you longer if complications occur.
At the Hospital
When you return home, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
Recovery takes about six weeks. If you had symptoms from your aneurysm before the surgery, you may notice some improvements in your health. You may find you have more strength and less swelling in your legs. You may also have lower blood pressure, improved energy, and absence of pain from the aneurysm.
Call Your Doctor
After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
Signs of infection, including fever and chills
In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.
To learn more about how we can help you, contact us: we’ll return your call the same day, and can secure you an appointment with one of our doctors within the week.
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