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After You've Been Treated for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

It’s a wonderful thing that you received treatment for your PAD, but it doesn’t end there. There’s much more you can do to make sure your recovery goes well.  Here’s a tip: It’s all about the choices you make when your doctor isn’t looking.

After Minimally Invasive or Surgical Treatments

Following the procedure, you will be monitored closely and you may be given medication to help manage any pain or discomfort.  You may be asked to lie flat after the procedure and to not bend your leg for several hours.1

Depending on the type of procedure, you may be able to go home the same day or within a few days.  Always make sure to follow discharge instructions.  Here are some tips or reminders that may aid in your recovery:

Physician Follow-Up

  • Attend scheduled check-ups with your doctor/healthcare provider

  • Your doctor will check the blood flow in your legs1

Home Recovery

  • Take your medications and take care of any incisions as directed by your physician.

  • Shower or take sponge baths—refrain from tub baths unless they have been approved by your doctor.

  • Have staples or sutures removed when your doctor recommends.

  • Drink plenty of fluids.

  • If able, try to walk a little farther each day.1

Call Your Doctor If You Have Any of the Following Symptoms:

  • Bleeding or increased pain, swelling, redness, warmth at the incision sites

  • Fever

  • Chest pain

  • Trouble breathing

  • Change in temperature or skin color near the treatment site.

  • Return of symptoms1


  1. PAD: What can I expect? (2013). Retrieved from