Risks of surgical intervention for peripheral arterial disease

All surgeries carry a certain amount of risk. In general, the risks for people who have surgery for peripheral arterial disease of the legs (PAD) are similar to other types of surgery and include:

  • Infection from the incision.
  • Bleeding.
  • Heart attack or stroke.

Specific risks for PAD surgery include:

  • Leg swelling.
  • Failed or blocked grafts.

Angioplasty has fewer life-threatening risks than bypass surgery. Risks include:

  • Rupture of the artery.
  • Bleeding at the site of the catheter insertion.
  • Sudden closure of the artery.
  • Blood clots.
  • Allergic reaction.
  • Kidney damage.

Last Updated: October 16, 2009

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