What Happens After Vascular Surgery? (Video)

Changes in appetite and energy levels can last for weeks

Recovery from vascular surgery takes time. When you return home after surgery, you will be very tired. You also can have changes in appetite and taste that can last up to six weeks. Favorite foods might taste different and be unappealing to you. To keep your energy levels up, try to find things you enjoy eating.

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When you first come home from the hospital, even brushing your teeth or showering can exhaust you. It’s normal to lie down or nap but it is also important to try to increase your activity level every day.

Pain medication plays an important role in getting stronger. We prescribe narcotics so that you can be active without fear of being in pain.

Take the medicine before you go on an outing or plan an active day. That way, you will be pain free and ready to face the next challenge.

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Daniel Clair, MD

Daniel Clair, MD, is Chairman of the Department of Vascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. In 2007, Dr. Clair was named one of America’s Top Doctors.