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Peripheral artery angioplasty is a procedure to treat peripheral arterial disease of the legs. The procedure widens narrowed arteries in the pelvis or legs. It can help blood flow better. This may decrease leg pain or help wounds heal better.


How is peripheral angioplasty done?

To do this, the doctor uses a catheter with a balloon at the tip. It goes into the artery in your groin or leg. He or she moves the balloon to the narrowed area and inflates it. The balloon presses the plaque against the walls of the artery.

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How long does a peripheral angioplasty take?

The procedure often takes 1 to 3 hours. After the procedure, pressure will be applied to the area where the catheter was put in your blood vessel. Then the area may be covered with a bandage or a compression device. This will prevent bleeding.

When is peripheral angioplasty appropriate?

Your doctor may suggest angioplasty and stenting if you have peripheral artery disease (PAD), which can cause: Chronic pain in your legs. Heavy feeling in your legs. Limitations to your daily activities.