What happens at home after angioplasty for peripheral artery disease?


Many patients who have peripheral artery disease (PAD) benefit from angioplasty, a procedure that opens the blockage that produced unpleasant symptoms, such as discomfort in the leg with the blocked artery, particularly with exercise or exertion.

As you recover at home from an interventional procedure such as angioplasty and stenting for PAD, it is normal to have a bruise or discolored area near where the catheter was inserted. At the same site, there may also be a small lump (which should not get bigger), soreness when pressure is applied, and perhaps a small amount (one or two drops) of discharge.

When to call the doctor:

  • If the puncture wound gets bigger, turns red, drains a thick yellow/brown material, or is painful, even when no pressure is applied. A larger, painful lump may be a sign that the puncture hole is not healing properly or is leaking blood.
  • If you have a fever.
  • If you experience swelling - with or without pain - anywhere in the leg in which the catheter was inserted.

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