Leg Angiogram / Angioplasty / Stent
Leg Angiogram is a same day, minimally invasive and office setting procedure, which uses x-ray and ultrasound to visualize blood flow through your leg arteries. The ultrasound probe (IVUS) is very small and inserted under local anesthesia, using a narrow fiber passed upwards inside the artery. If there is narrowing, the plaque will be widened in the blocked artery. A tiny skin incision is made near an artery in your ankle or foot. Your doctor will insert a catheter (thin tube) through the site, then slide the catheter into an artery while viewing a video monitor.
Common indications for Leg Angiogram:
- Persistent leg pain on walking (Claudication) despite medications and exercise
- Leg/foot Arterial sores (Ulcers) and gangrene
- Leg pain at rest due to poor arterial circulation
- How to prepare for leg Angiogram:
- Review your medications, especially blood thinners and diabetic medications with your provider at least 1 week before the procedure.
- Shave groin area of the side which the procedure is being done.
- Do not eat by the mouth two hours prior to your appointment.
- A nurse will insert IV line on your arm.
Duration of Leg Angiogram:
Preparation: 20 – 30 Minutes Procedure: 1 ~ 2 Hours.