Femoral Endarterectomy

Femoral Endarterectomy is a type of vascular surgery is performed in the leg to remove plaque build-up in the femoral artery, the main artery that carries blood to your lower limb. During surgery, the vascular surgeon makes a small incision in the leg to access the femoral artery and remove plaque build-up from the artery walls. 

Femoral Endarterectomy Procedure 

Most patients are put under general anesthesia (you are asleep for the entire procedure) but in some cases, your doctor may choose to use local anesthesia so you can provide feedback during the operation.

The vascular surgeon makes a small incision in your leg to expose the femoral artery. Your surgeon will either use clamps to stop blood flow on either side of the blockage or use a shunt to route the blood around the artery to other blood vessels in the area.

Next, the artery is opened and the plaque is removed, often in one piece. If a vein graft is required, the doctor takes a portion of vein from your leg and sews it on to your artery to strengthen it.

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