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.
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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