Life After Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm Repair

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Albert,  Texas  age 54 aaa 7.0 cm  Need operation aka Evar repair.  If I don't have fixed it,  I most likely will die.  I use to smoke but since I found out about this last month stopped, I am also over wight was 296 but since that day I have been walking more lost 8lbs .  I don't know what to do I may die either way. My choice, take a chance get operation and deal with what ever comes with that aftwards or wait and see what happens to me that blister is big 7.0 cm  I really haven't heard nothing about the Stent Graph more problems with it. Please post if had a tripple A surgery and how long ago. What's your life like today living with a graph in you. This will help me decide what to do next 

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    If anyone wants to talk about your aorta aneurysms call me I know how scary this condition can be. I don't sleep much anymore and have learned  a bit about them for one I know There is not alot of suport for this cause. I am willing dedicate myself to help how ever I can 2 1 0 ~ 2 8 9 ~ 0 6 6 9~AL

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    Hi Albert210,

    Have the surgery!!!!

    My Dad age 56 had surgery in December, he had an Aortic Dissection that ruptured, he was unaware that he had this condition, luckily he survived, if he didn't get emergency surgery he would have died. 

    My grandfather and my uncle died from a AAA, they both smoked and were overweight also.  They did not have the surgery. 

    So regardless of risks, taking the chance in not having the surgery.  But if you are having doubts or any uncertainty I would go back to your consultant and talk it through. 

    If it wasn't for the surgery I wouldn't have my dad today. 

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    Hello albert210,

    I'm 63 and had AAA open surgery in May. My recovery was slow, about 3 months before I could return to normal activities. It's my understanding EVAR recovery time is much shorter. I no longer have any restrictions and I'm able to do anything I did before the surgery. Other than a large scar I wouldn't know I had it done. There is the chance of complications after surgery, but for me the risks of my aneurysm rupturing outweighed any risk of possible complications.

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      Thank you for sharing you infomation. I am having surgery Monday Aug.  21  2017. I am a bit freaked out about the whole event. : (  ... I am glad that I am writing to you since you are now an Aorta Warrior : ).   My Aorta is rather large 7 cm and needs to be addressed asap.  Dr.  Lyssa Ochoa specialist in this area stated that if I dont have it fixed,  I will die, it will pop sooner or later,  there will be no help or no one that can help me when it happens, I will drop,  go into shock and bleed out. That is a rather scary way to die.   I don't like the idea of going to go get opperated on,   there is risk but I must face it,  like it or not I don't want to die yet lol. If I am still alive this week I will keep posting on how I am doing and feeling. God Be with you all.   

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      Good move, get it done now. My was 6.3cm. 7cm is definitely in the range you need to get itdone asap.  Chances of survival after an aortic aneurysm ruptures are slim. I had the AAA open surgery, and to be honest, the first month was rough. But here I am 3 months later and like I said, other than a big scare, I'm doing everything I did before the surgery.

      Do let us know hoe you're doing.

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      Hello Albert...first of all please know you will be alive! This procedure will be your lifesaver. I just had TEVAR on 7/25. I had a dissection of my thoracic descending aorta. I thought the same way as you and was very scared. I am doing well. I feel good. I now have a cardiologist that is overseeing my care and i6am following his recommendations. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Just keep your thoughts positive and know you are in good hands. Good night!
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      Kim would you private message me about your surgery? I have an 4.8 AAA and trying to decide whether to have surgery or not.  One cardiologist wants to moniter it and one wanted to do open heart surgery today! I don't know what to do!

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    Hello all, I am 24 and I had my EVAR/AAA repair October 2016. I found out about the annuerysmn in the end of August, preparing to repair my torn meniscus. However within two weeks it went from 4.3 cm to 6.7cm and being that I have marphan syndrome I had to have an expedited repair. This surgery was my worst procedure. And it took me about 3/4 weeks to heal or walk without discomfort as well as being able to take more than a Louis diet. However after that I hadn’t noticed any changes. Except my body really lets me know when I need to sit down or if I’m over doing something. But the other day I was moving things around, and I’ve been having abdominal pain since and I am super nervous.
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