Survivability of Carotid Angioplasty
As a minimally invasive procedure, the recovery is fast and associated with less pain. The prognosis for carotid angioplasty is usually excellent. It is important to remember there are some risks associated with the procedure. Speak to your doctor to learn about these possible side effects.
Patients may be able to return home the same day after carotid angioplasty. Others will stay for observation over night. Once at home, follow-up care will be necessary to monitor the healing process and avoid any complications. Follow up tests may include a duplex ultrasound, MRI or CT scan to view the carotid arteries. Your doctor may suggest more specific recovery instructions.
The long-term prognosis depends on how the underlying cause of the blocked artery is managed. Carotid angioplasty does not cure the cause of the plaque.