What is the recovery process like after an atherectomy? [Dr. Donikyan]

Q: What is the recovery process like after an atherectomy? 

A: The recovery process for atherectomy, in terms of the immediate post-procedure recovery, is usually a couple of hours. The procedure can take upwards of an hour, to two hours, depending on how extensive the lesion is – an increase in the number and severity of blockages or complete occlusions tends to lead to a longer procedure. Once we complete the procedure and use a closure device to help close the hole that we’ve made in the artery, you are usually able to walk within an hour and a half post-procedure. We ask that you take it easy for about 24 to 48 hours. This means no heavy lifting or intense physical activity, but normal walking is encouraged within 24 hours and there are no real restrictions after that.

More videos from the interview with Dr. Donikyan of the Fishkill Endovascular Center as he explains treatment options for Peripheral Arterial Disease

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