returning to work after abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) surgery

Last reviewed 05/2022


Condition Recommended return to non-manual work Recommended return to manual work
Aortic aneurysm grafting - open 2-3 months (1) longer, unlikely to return to manual work(1)
Aortic aneurysm endovascular graft 5-7 days (1) 2-4 weeks (1)
Aorto-iliac and bifemoral grafting 2-3 months (1) longer, unlikely to return to manual work


  • the information applies to general fitness to work for people below 60 years of age without other significant disability. This information is only a guide to doctors, who will need to consider the individual clinical circumstances when advising patients
  • multiple morbidities are likely to prolong recovery


  • Samuel AM, Wellwood JMcK. Fitness for work after surgery. In Palmer KT, Cox RAF and Brown I. (Eds) Fitness for Work 4th edn. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2007 pp 467-486.
  • (accessed 3/9/2013).