What are the possible risks for procedures of atherosclerosis?

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Deborah Davis
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
The possible risks for procedures of atherosclerosis in contingent with the type of procedure that is selected: angioplasty, coronary artery bypass grafting or carotid endarterectomy.  Your doctor will discuss risk and potential benefits of the recommended procedure with you.  As with any surgery, there is a risk of complications such as embolization (the dislodgement of debris that blocks the arteries in the lower part of the leg) and perforation.  These complications, however, are rare.  An ususual complication is the re-blockage of the artery (restenosis) that may occur later, especially if you smoke.  Special precautions are taken to decrease these risks, and there may be other possible risks.  When you meet with your doctor, please ask questions to make sure you understand the risks of the procedure and why the procedure is recommended.