My 80 year old father survived a AAA this past year. Although he was hospitalized for over a month (during the month of September, 1996) he is doing very well. Initially, he was quite weak, and suffered terminal hiccups. His lower bowel caused him much grief. He was taken off all food for two or three weeks. Only clear liquids. He now eats anything he wants. He has also gained back to his normal weight. He is 6'-2" and about 210. He walks, gardens moves around without a cane, etc. We consider this quite remarkable. They caught the aneurysm just as it ruptured (mom called 911 - he was nauseated and sometimes convulsive). They did surgery within 60 minutes of arrival at the emergency room. We got the doctor on call. He was very good, obviously. His condition was touch and go for about 2 days, after which his metabolism started to settle down.
The worst thing that happened was the decision to put him on no diet restrictions after two weeks. This really irritated his lower bowel. He was also much to weak for the bathroom trips every two minutes. They brought in the gastroenterologist. He opted for a conservative approach, clear liquids etc. They used a scope on the lower bowel, it was weakened in a couple of places, but decided that more surgery was not indicated.
Time and patience have paid off. Dad is doing great as I have previously stated. This internet site helped us stay informed and calm during a very tough time. I was prepared for the worst based on information I obtained here. I was also given hope. Although I have not been very detailed in this narrative, if anyone has specific questions, I can direct them to my father, or try to answer them. Perhaps I can return the favor.