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How long is the recovery time after having surgery for a popliteal aneurysm repair?

How long is the recovery time after having surgery for a popliteal aneurysm repair?

Aneurysm repair: Within 7-10 days staple will come out. Within 2 weeks you can regain regular activities. ...Read more

Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Definition)

An aneurysm is an abnormally dilated blood vessel, usually defined as a diameter 2x normal or larger. As weakened vessels get larger, there is risk of potential ...Read more


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What is the recovery time after having the surgery for a popliteal aneurysm repair?

What is the recovery time after having the surgery for a popliteal aneurysm repair?

2-4 weeks: If treated while asymptomatic, popliteal artery aneurysm repair is accomplished with a fem-pop bypass and tying off the aneurysm above and below the aneurysm itself. Recovery in the hospital is often 2-3 days and gradual return to regular activity is usually seen within 2-4 weeks. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the recovery time after having surgery for a popliteal aneurysm repair?

Can you tell me the recovery time after having surgery for a popliteal aneurysm repair?

Variable: If the popliteal aneurysm was thrombosed (completely blocked, causing loss of blood flow to the foot), recovery can be very prolonged (several weeks to months), compared with a relatively short recovery after an elective repair (several days to weeks). Recovery also depends a lot on other factors (open vs endovascular repair, wound healing issues, heart or lung problems, level of fitness prior). ...Read more

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Can open repair surgery be done on bilateral popliteal aneurysm in 1 surgery? Medial approach

Popliteal aneurysms: Bilateral popliteal aneurysm repairs can be done at the same sitting but I prefer staged procedures as it is easier on the patient and the surgeon. Get one leg fixed, make sure it's ok then get the other fixed. Alternatively placement of popliteal stents is a viable option that I prefer to popliteal bypass and aneurysm exclusion. Bypass option is still available if it becomes necessary. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to exercise with a popliteal aneurysm?

Depends upon size: Less then 1.8 CM the yes go an exercise. >1.8 CM have it fixed. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a popliteal aneurysm rupture?

What does it mean to have a popliteal aneurysm rupture?

Not good...see below: An aneurysm is an dilitation of a blood vessel. This is the result of weakening in the wall of the artery. The weakened wall can rupture, and bleeding into the tissues around the knee occurs, causing tremendous pain and swelling. The blood outside the artery can then impinge on flow to the lower leg and foot, causing ischemia. In all, very bad, and one of the reasons to fix aneurysms electively. ...Read more

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How does a popliteal aneurysm affect sleep?

How does a popliteal aneurysm affect sleep?

Two possibilities...: It could be large enough that the person is aware of a pulsing sensation that keeps him awake. Alternatively, if the aneurysm is thrombosed (clotted), there could be compromised blood flow to the foot which causes pain at night because the leg is elevated (the blood flow is so limited that the person needs the benefit of gravity to get blood to the foot). ...Read more

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Can prednisone cause popliteal aneurysm?

No: Prednisone is not likely to cause a popliteal aneurysm. The cause is thought to be an inflammatory process. If you have a popliteal aneurysm >2cm, you should consider treatment to avoid it from clotting off. These do not rupture. More importantly, almost 50% of people with popliteal aneurysms have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Ultrasound screening is recommended. ...Read more

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What are the tests for popliteal aneurysm?

What are the tests for popliteal aneurysm?

CTA and Arteriogram: Ctangiogram, arteriogram and arterial duplex of the popliteal artery. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a popliteal aneurysm?

Mass behind the knee: These can be from none to pain when walking or at rest in the lower leg. The most common finding will be a pulsatilla mass behind the knee. ...Read more

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How often should you have your popliteal aneurysm checked?

Annually: Once a year by ultrasound should be enough. You don't have to be concerned about treatment until it reaches a diameter of around 2cm. We don't worry about rupture. It is the formation of a blood clot and blockage of flow to the foot which is more likely to occur. These can be fixed surgically by replacing the short segment of artery or stenting. ...Read more

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If I have a popliteal aneurysm, will I have other aneurysms in the future?

Possibly: The popliteal artery is the third most common location for a aneurysm. These frequently occur in both legs. Patients who have one aneurysm are more likely to develop others in the aorta and femoral (groin) and iliac arteries. These patients are followed closely for early detection. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for popliteal aneurysm?

Resection: Endo vascular stent if possible other wise resection ...Read more

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What are the consequences of an elderly man with a ruptured popliteal aneurysm?

What are the consequences of an elderly man with a ruptured popliteal aneurysm?

A serious problem: Popliteal aneurysms very rarely rupture, but instead they more commonly thrombose. When this occurs small pieces of clot shower downstream into all of the small artery branches below the knee. This is a vascular surgery emergency. Over half of patients who suffer thrombosis of a popliteal artery aneurysm will require amputation, below or often above the knee. ...Read more

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I have a constant ache behind the knee. Could this be popliteal aneurysm?

I have a constant ache behind the knee. Could this be popliteal aneurysm?

It is possible: A constant ache behind the knee can be due to many things including a popliteal artery aneurysm. Pain behind the knee is most commonly due to orthopedic problems such as a baker's cyst.
An ultrasound can easily diagnose a baker's cyst or a popliteal artery aneurysm. ...Read more

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Is stiff back and stiff legs signs of a popliteal aneurysm?

No: Popliteal aneurysms are usually asymptomatic until they become very large (>3 CM in diameter). Symptoms at that stage may be soreness behind the knee, swelling of foot or calf, or numbness/tingling of the foot, along with an easily palpable pulse behind the knee. Popliteal aneurysms are treated once they are >2cm due to the risk of clotting not rupture. ...Read more

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What does it mean to be in popliteal aneurysm rehabilitation for two bypass leg?

What does it mean to be in popliteal aneurysm rehabilitation for two bypass leg?

Need more info: Your question does not make sense. There is no rehab for pop aneurysm. Do you mean that you have aneurysm of the bypass at the popliteal artery. If so then that needs to be repaired if greater then 1.8 cm. ...Read more

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What kind of physical rehab would be good for a leg that has had bypass due to a popliteal aneurysm?

What kind of physical rehab would be good for a leg that has had bypass due to a popliteal aneurysm?

Use it!: In general, return to regular daily activity is the best rehab for fem-pop bypass patients. Attention to range of motion is important to avoid contracture, and elevation to relieve leg swelling will be very helpful. ...Read more

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I have tingling sensation behind my left knee. Does this mean I have a popliteal aneurysm?

I have tingling sensation behind my left knee. Does this mean I have a popliteal aneurysm?

Unlikely: Popliteal artery aneurysms are not typically symptomatic (not painful) until they occlude. We don't worry about these rupturing. We worry mainly about these clotting and blocking circulation to the legs. Tingling would not be associated with a popliteal aneurysm. ...Read more

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What kind of physical rehabilitation would be good for a leg that has had a bypass due to a popliteal aneurysm?

What kind of physical rehabilitation would be good for a leg that has had a bypass due to a popliteal aneurysm?

Walking: Many times, supervised physical therapy can be helpful after surgery to build strength and balance and reduce pain. Walking or using a stationary bike can be a great way to start because they are low impact exercises which can really help with reducing swelling and increasing range of motion. ...Read more

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Might a popliteal aneurysm cause the upper leg to feel like it is pushing into the lower leg with general tightness in the knee and on the sides?

Possibly: Popliteal aneurysms are a dangerous condition, as most do not cause symptoms until something catastrophic occurs; typically clots form in the aneurysm & embolize to the lower leg. This leads to emergent surgery & many times even with surgery the leg will be lost to amputation. The best way to diagnose is with ultrasound. Larger ones can be appreciated on leg exam. Sometimes tightness occurs. ...Read more

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What happens in an aortic aneurysm repair?

What happens in an aortic aneurysm repair?

Surgery or stent: Some aortic aneurysms occur in the chest. More often, aneurysms occur in the belly. Depending on the anatomy, some of the aneurysms can be surgically repaired and others can be repaired with a stent graft. Surgical repair involves excision and replacement of the aneurysmal segment. A stent graft is a percutaneous procedure. ...Read more

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How effective is endovascular aneurysm repair for treating Marfan syndrome?

How effective is endovascular aneurysm repair for treating Marfan syndrome?

Jury is out: Unlike other aneurysms, patients with Marfan's often do better with standard surgery than with endovascular aneurysm repair. Before considering treatment options you need to go to a specialized center with a lot of Marfan experience. ...Read more

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What are normal symptoms of an aortic aneurysm repair?

What are normal symptoms of an aortic aneurysm repair?

See below: The repair is an operation so you might have pain from the incision. Now if there are complications, you could get many different symptoms depending on the type of complication. The aneurysm itself could cause pain or an abnormal pulsation in the abdomen but most commonly are discover by an x-ray for something else or at the time of a routine physical examination. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis after aortic aneurysm repair for ages under 50 yrsold?

What is the prognosis after aortic aneurysm repair for ages under 50 yrsold?

Great, but....: The big question is why does such a young person have an aneurysm in the first place? That will likely determine how well you do in the long term. ...Read more

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It's been years since recovering from cerebral aneurysm repair with clip, can problems arise later in life?

Unlikely: If you have done well after an aneurysm clipping and it is many years, it is unlikely that you will have problems that arise later. A couple of things-you should have some type of follow-up angiogram or mr-angiogram (if the clip is mr compatible) to ensure that there is not regrowth of the clipped aneurysm and no new de novo anteurysms. Our neurologist should be able to help out with the followup. ...Read more

Dr. Patrick Wyffels
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Popliteal Aneurysm (Definition)

Enlargement of artery behind the knee Often associated with abdominal aneurysm Complications include ...Read more