Peripheral angiography is a procedure used to diagnose and treat peripheral arterial disease or narrowing of the arteries in locations other than your heart. This procedure is commonly done on the arteries in the legs. When you develop blockages in these arteries, it can become painful to walk or do activities, and you can even develop wounds or skin changes.
During the procedure, a small tube called a catheter is inserted into the artery in your groin. Contrast dye is then injected into the arteries to visualize any blockages.
If there are any severe blockages, the doctor can then fix them by advancing a deflated balloon into the obstructed artery and inflating it to relieve the narrowing. Certain devices such as stents can also be deployed to keep the blood vessel open.
Usually, you’ll be awake during the procedure, but the given medications will help you relax. Recovery time is quick, and there’s a low risk of complications.
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