The procedure is very effective for people suffering from peripheral artery disease or PAD (a condition in which arteries taking blood to the legs and arms narrow up).
Steps to take before the procedure
Your doctor will thoroughly prepare you for the treatment. You might be given blood thinner to avoid blood clotting and some other medications that will help you relax. Discuss with your doctor about the changes you have to make in your lifestyle and the medicines that you need to take or avoid.
What happens during the procedure?
The procedure is performed in a cardiovascular catheterization laboratory, under local anesthesia. The surgery is often done in conjunction with balloon angioplasty. The cardiovascular surgeon inserts a stent (a thin tube-like structure with a balloon at the end of the tube) inside the artery. A cut might be made in the groyne to insert the stent. The balloon is made to inflate and deflate to open blockages and allow blood circulation to restore.
After the procedure
After the surgery, the hospital stay is usually 2-3 days. The full recovery takes about 6-8 weeks. You need to take care of the incision made during the surgery. Our doctor at Medanta will brief you about that. You will be advised to avoid strenuous activities and make healthy changes in your lifestyle.