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Peripheral Vascular Angioplasty

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about peripheral vascular angioplasty (PVA)?

PVA is a procedure to open blocked or narrowed arteries in your legs. PVA can help reduce symptoms of poor blood flow, such as pain, numbness, and wounds that will not heal. PVA may also prevent the need for an amputation of your leg or foot.

How do I prepare for PVA?

What will happen during PVA?

What should I expect after PVA?

What are the risks of PVA?

You may bleed more than expected or develop an infection. You may have bruising or pain at the catheter site. You may need surgery to repair damage from the catheter to your blood vessels or to stop heavy bleeding. You may develop a blood clot in your arm or leg. The blood clot may break off and travel to your lungs, heart, or brain. This may cause a heart attack or stroke.

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