Peripheral Angioplasty

A Minimally Invasive Procedure to Improve Blood Flow

What is Peripheral Angioplasty?

Peripheral Angioplasty is a minimally invasive medical procedure used to treat peripheral artery disease (PAD), a condition in which the arteries that supply blood to the legs become narrowed or blocked.

What type of procedure is it?

It is a cardiovascular procedure that involves threading a small tube, called a catheter, through an artery in the leg or arm and up to the affected area. A small balloon is then inflated within the narrowed or blocked artery, opening it up and improving blood flow.

How long does Peripheral Angioplasty usually take?

The procedure typically takes 1-2 hours to perform.

When is it recommended to have this procedure done?

Peripheral Angioplasty is recommended for patients with PAD who are experiencing symptoms such as leg pain or cramping, or who are at risk of developing complications such as non-healing wounds or gangrene.

What happens during Peripheral Angioplasty?

During the procedure, the patient is given medication to help them relax and local anesthesia to numb the area where the catheter will be inserted. The catheter is then inserted into an artery in the leg or arm and guided to the affected area, where a small balloon is inflated to open up the narrowed or blocked artery.

What do you need to do before the procedure?

Before having Peripheral Angioplasty, patients will need to undergo several tests to evaluate their arteries and overall health. They may also need to stop taking certain medications and fast for a period of time before the procedure.

What should you do after the procedure?

After the procedure, patients should follow their doctor’s instructions regarding medications, activity level, and follow-up appointments. They should also inform their doctor of any symptoms or concerns they may have.

What are the post-procedural recommendations?

After the procedure, patients will need to stay in the hospital for a day or two for monitoring and recovery. They may need to take medications to prevent blood clots and avoid strenuous activity for several weeks.

What are the possible complications, and how likely are they to occur?

Possible complications of peripheral angioplasty include bleeding, infection, and damage to the artery. While these complications are rare, they can occur in some cases.

How long will you need to stay in the hospital after the procedure?

Most patients will need to stay in the hospital for 1-2 days after the procedure.

How long will it take to fully recover after Peripheral Angioplasty?

Recovery time varies depending on the individual patient and the complexity of the case. Patients can typically resume normal activities within a few days to a few weeks after the procedure.
In conclusion, Peripheral Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that can be a safe and effective treatment option for patients with peripheral artery disease who are experiencing symptoms or at risk of developing complications. While there are some risks associated with the procedure, they are generally low, and the benefits of improved blood flow can be significant. If you have peripheral artery disease, talk to your doctor about whether peripheral angioplasty may be an appropriate treatment option for you.

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