The nurse is caring for a patient who recently underwent an abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. Which complication of this procedure is most common?


• During a repair of an AAA (abdominal aortic aneurysm), a stent graft is placed in the aorta to support the lumen and reduce pressure on the aneurysm sac.

• If the stent graft is placed incorrectly, it could block the renal arteries and cause renal failure. The procedure itself may temporarily reduce blood flow to the renal arteries and cause damage and temporary failure of the kidneys.

• Incorrect: Hemorrhage is more common before the AAA repair if the aneurysm ruptures.

• Incorrect: Emboli and infection are also possible complications of an AAA repair, but they are less common than renal failure.

Visit our website for other NCLEX topics now!