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Question: What can I expect after peripheral endarterectomy?


 ccwec - Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:29 am

I had this procedure on Fri., came home Sat. Did well in hospital and Sat. evening. Sat. night started running fever 100.3 and noticed leg operated on felt hotter than other leg. Incision sight doesn't really hurt, but my thigh is painful. Is this normal? What exactly can I expect to experience while recuperating and when should I be concerned enough to seek medical attention?
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:00 am

User avatar Hi,
You have not indicated which artery was operated upon. Even the carotid endarterectomy comes under peripheral endarterectomies.

Peripheral endarterectomy will be typically done under general anesthesia. The surgery is generally an open surgical procedure. Following a routine peripheral endarterectomy(mostly in the thigh), the total hospital stay may be two to three days. You allege that you came home the very next day. Are you certain it was an endarterectomy or was it perhaps, an angioplasty +/- stenting?

Post operative surgical site infection (SSI) to manifest within 2 days is rather unusual. Typically, evidence of local infection manifests around the fourth or fifth day following a surgical procedure.But a local hematoma is capable of causing your symptoms.

In the absence of relevant information, i can only urge you to immediately get it touch with your surgeon rather than to speculate.
Best wishes!

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