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Who needs an endovascular procedure?

If your leg arteries become clogged and narrowed so that blood is unable to flow and supply enough oxygen to your leg muscles, you may have peripheral artery disease, or PAD. Your doctor may recommend an endovascular procedure (angioplasty) or surgery to open blockages and restore blood flow to the muscles. When blood flow is restored, cramping and pain in your legs are usually significantly reduced. These procedures also help heal ulcers that form on the feet and legs and reduce the risk of losing a leg or foot due to severe narrowing of the blood vessels.

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