Vascular Surgery/endarterectomy


My dad is 83 years old and just had this procedure done $ days ago. Is it normal to have slight headaches and slight swelling of the foot on the same side of the artery.

was endarterectomy on neck or leg? if leg it is perfectly normal ............ actually expected result, if neck, also normal but not always expected.

if leg surgery this is called reperfusion edema
this is an postoperative event means swelling after artery surgery.   during the months/years before surgery the bloodflow has been diminished, when bloodflow is increased due to a good bypass, the  leg is suddenly getting way more blood (a fluid) than it has had in a long time.  You cant stop it because it is a direct result of the bypass.   This increased bloodflow is what makes the leg feel better when you walk or sleep, heal  any  wounds, makes your skin more supple, increases the fat pads on the sole of your foot.  it does all kinds of good things
be sure to let your surgeon know what is going on and ask if OK to elevate the leg to decrease the swelling.
headache, i am not sure about and you should alert your surgeon to that too
hope this helps

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Lauri Ordway


I can answer your questions related to your circulation, your peripheral vascular system. This includes all arteries and veins except those inside the head and inside the heart. For example, neck (carotid), arms (carotid subclavian bypasses to Thoracic Outlet) belly (aortic aneurysm & occlusive disorders, renal artery stenosis), legs (iliac, femoral, popliteal, peroneal, dorasalis pedis, posterior and anterior tibial) arteries. Aneurysm & occlusive disease, atherosclerosis, leg pain, arterial wounds and gangrene, amputation prevention. Arterial Bypass, Reynaud’s, Buerger's disease (thromboangiitis obliterans), Thoracic Outlet and other circulation disorders. Vein disorders: Blood Clots (DVT), post-phlebetic syndrome, varicose veins, venous stasis ulcers. I can help with vascular wounds from diagnosis to treatments. I have worked extensively with VNUS Closure and EVLT (Laser) for varicose veins and can describe pre and post procedure expectations and describe the procedures themselves. I can't help with spider veins or cosmetic vein treatment, we don't do it. I have 15 years of wound care experience, arterial, venous, trauma and diabetic wounds for example. **I CANNOT answer questions about STENTS or STENTING, heart disease, blood pressure, brain aneurysm although I can help with questions about the arteries that go to and from those organs.


I am a nurse, I worked for 15 years with two terrific peripheral vascular surgeons, and one of them is also the inventor of very innovative wound care products and surgical instruments to make vascular surgery procedures better and faster. I wrote and manage the clinic website and field questions from patients all over the world. I am now working with another vascular surgeon and wound care expert, which has given me an opportunity to widen my horizons as I learn another excellent physician's preferences and benefit from his experiences in this amazing specialty.

I am an LPN, licensed in Minnesota

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