Living With Peripheral Arterial Disease Treatments
After the treatment for PAD
Successful treatment for PAD can provide relief from pain and other symptoms that may be holding you back from doing the things you love. Your recovery time and capabilities will depend on the type of treatment you’ve received. With minimally invasive options like balloon angioplasty and stenting, you may be surprised at how quickly you can get back to the activities you enjoy.
Your experience immediately after your procedure depends on the treatment you’ve received. After bypass or open surgery, you can expect to spend a few days in the hospital. Stenting and balloon angioplasty are less invasive procedures that may require a shorter hospital stay.
If you’ve had a bypass or open surgery, you should start feeling better in 4 to 6 weeks or possibly less, depending on the surgical approach. After a stent implant, you should start feeling better after a week or so.
For many people, peripheral arterial disease treatment improves blood flow through what was the blocked artery. As a result, you should have less pain in your extremities and a greater capacity to walk and exercise.
Although stents, balloon angioplasty surgery, and other surgical treatments can reopen arteries and help keep them open, these treatments can’t stop atherosclerosis and are not a cure for PAD. The best way to maintain good results after your procedure is to adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle. Many people who have undergone surgery, angioplasty or stent procedures, take the opportunity to start making healthier choices afterward.
Your doctor can give you specific suggestions as to how you can improve your cardiovascular health, but you can start by addressing some basics. Take your medication as your doctor prescribes. Adopt a heart-healthy diet. Quit smoking. Get more exercise. And, as always, see your doctor on a regular basis.