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You had a femoral endarterectomy (say "FEM-uh-rull en-dar-tuh-REK-tuh-mee"). It was done to remove fatty buildup (plaque) from the femoral artery.
You will have some pain from the cut (incision) the doctor made. This usually gets better after a couple of days. Your leg may be swollen at first. This may last 2 to 3 months.
You will have stitches or staples in the incision. If you have stitches, they may dissolve on their own. Or your doctor may take them out 7 to 14 days after your surgery.
After surgery, blood may flow better throughout your leg, which can decrease leg pain, numbness, and cramping. You may be able to walk longer distances without leg pain.
You will likely have regular checkups with your doctor to check your arteries.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: September 7, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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