How long is the recovery process after an angioplasty?
The recovery process after angioplasty is typically brief. Complete recovery can take at least a week or less.
Generally, the patients who have undergone angioplasty can start walking around within six hours of the procedure. Discharge from the hospital is usually 1-2 days after the procedure. However, the recovery period continues with post-procedure care, timely checkups and changes in lifestyle such as intake of a healthy diet, quitting smoking, and being physically active. For the initial 5 days, usually light activities may be performed after which moderate activities could be performed. A majority of patients will be able to return to work in a few days to a week following the procedure. Strenuous exercises and lifting heavy objects may be done only after 3-4 weeks.
While it is normal to develop a discolored area/small lump/soreness/discharge near the site of catheter insertion and feel tired more than usual, you need to call your doctor if you face any of these situations: