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?
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?
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?
How long will you need to stay in the hospital after the procedure?
How long will it take to fully recover after Peripheral Angioplasty?
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