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Remote Superficial Femoral Artery Endarterectomy
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Remote superficial femoral artery endarterectomy (RSFAE) is a procedure to remove plaque inside the superficial femoral artery. The femoral artery is the main blood vessel in your thigh that carries blood and oxygen to the legs. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, or tissues that are in the inner wall of the artery and may clog the artery. RSFAE helps improve blood flow and relieve symptoms caused by a narrowed or blocked artery.
- Antiplatelets help prevent blood clots. This medicine makes it more likely for you to bleed or bruise.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider or vascular surgeon as directed:
You will need to return for tests to check blood flow through your artery. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Bathing with stitches:
Follow your healthcare provider's instructions on when you can bathe. Gently wash the part of your body that has the stitches. Do not rub on the stitches to dry your skin. Pat the area gently with a towel. When the area is dry, put on a clean, new bandage as directed.
Contact your healthcare provider or vascular surgeon if:
- You have a fever.
- You have nausea or vomiting.
- You have redness, discharge, or pain in the area where the procedure was done.
- Your skin is itchy, swollen, or has a rash.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- Blood soaks through your bandage.
- Your incision has blood, pus, or a foul-smelling odor coming from it.
- Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
- The foot or leg becomes cold, numb, pale, or is very painful.
- Your shoulder, arm, or fingers are numb, tingly, cool to the touch, blue, or pale.
- You have chest pain that spreads to your arms, jaw, or back, or you are sweating more than usual.
- You suddenly feel lightheaded and short of breath.
- You have chest pain when you take a deep breath or cough. You may cough up blood.
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