Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): After angioplasty
I had an angioplasty done on my left leg in may this year. Lately after I walk about a half mile my left calf starts to hurt to the point I have to stop for a few minutes. Is the blockage returning. If so do I need a stent. Leon
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Leon, is the calf pain a new symptom? Were you able to walk longer distances after the angioplasty?
No, calf pain started in Dec 2019. Angioplasty in May 2020, no pain till July. Now I can't walk a half mile without stopping, pain is that bad. Do I need a stent
That is something your cardiologist should hear about. If you had angioplasty done once there is a chance that another artery has started to close down have him look at the blood pathways down the legs heart might be good but veins that branch off to the legs might now have created a problem good luck dave
Excessive swelling due to poor blood flow. What can be done to reduce and lessen the pain?
Hi @medicalinfo and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I am sorry that you are having poor circulation due to Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). You will see that I moved your comment to a discussion already started on PAD. I did this to connect you to people like @peggyn, @judeeo, @leongreenjr, @thankful @pete398, @peach414144, @seniordon09, @eileena and @bonitav who have weighed in on this topic.
@medicalinfo Can you share a little more information? When were you diagnosed? How long have you been suffering?
My husband has PAD. He was diagnosed probably two years ago. Has recently had a trans metatarsal operation on the left foot. Two toes amputated on the right foot. The swelling is so bad I fear it is hampering the wound sight from healing.
I have chronic venous insufficiency. Is this in the same family of medicine that you are looking for? Also three stents in the iliac veins. Also have been with this group for many years
I am not sure. We will be going to a new vascular surgeon in two weeks. Each time previously they have nit said anything about the veins. I will look up iliac veins, since I am unfamiliar. Thanks for the concern.
I have had calf pain since my TKR 9/2019. I have been checked twice for blood clots & negative. I had PVR test and it was normal. I can't walk more than half mile. Stairs and inclines make it worse. Insurance declining MRI.
My 84 yr old husband is in horrible thigh pain rt leg. MRI points to tangled inflamed nerves in his back no blood supply entering his veins in rt leg. Cholesterol clogged at 100% and stent was placed near groin giving him 20 % blood flow. An elderly noted surgeon is famed for this artery transfer but our cardiologist wants to wait and have aortic anurysim and artery transfer done at same time when anurysim measures 5.5 mm before Medicare will pay for. Had thot this would be taken care if 3 yrs ago but the pandemic hit and surgeon left the country for awhile. Husband can barely walk now with his walker a few feet. Turning Ober in bed causes Hugh pain. No one is getting
Any decent sleep. Also has loud phlemy COPD COUGH. supposed to use nebulizer and inhaler.
Spine doctor suggests Lamenectomy procedure but husband too scared so will wither away in his chair 24/7 so other alternative is physical therapy to stimulate some strength in his leg. Pain is so bad, stubborn,
does no exercise , so that hubby experiencing early dementia. I am at my whits end being his caregiver having spinal issues of my own.
Problem is all treatment referrals are pushed so far out.