The main side effect of abdominal aortic aneurysm repair is the discomfort following surgery. Following an open repair, the abdominal incision is sore for a few days. Medications may be administered to help alleviate pain. The minimally invasive endovascular procedure (EVAR) generally results in less pain and a faster recovery than the open method. Moving comfortably is difficult at first, but tenderness usually subsides within a few days.