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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:

  • Any sort of chest pain
  • A puncture wound in your arm or leg turns painful, bigger, red, draining yellowish material
  • Fever
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