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Peripheral artery angioplasty (say "puh-RIFF-er-rull AR-ter-ree ANN-jee-oh-plass-tee") is a procedure that widens narrowed arteries in the pelvis or legs. Your doctor used a tube called a catheter to find narrowed arteries in your pelvis or legs and then widened them.
Your groin or leg may have a bruise or a small lump where the catheter was put in your groin. The area may feel sore for a few days after the procedure. You can do light activities around the house but nothing strenuous for several days.
After surgery, blood may flow better throughout your leg. This can decrease leg pain, numbness, and cramping.
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 feel better as quickly as possible.
If you have no problems after the procedure, you can go home and rest for the day. Have a responsible adult take you home (do not drive yourself). If you live out of town, it’s a good idea to stay somewhere overnight within 1 hour of where the procedure was done. Don’t drive for the next 24 to 48 hours or while you’re taking strong pain medicine.
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 changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if you have any problems.
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Adaptation Date: 5/3/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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