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What is an Angiectomy?

written by: Kathy Foust • edited by: Leigh A. Zaykoski • updated: 10/14/2009

Those who are preparing for an angiectomy may be looking for answers prior to undergoing the procedure. Some of those answers can be found by reading the information here about the procedure and why it is done.

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    Definition and Causes

    An angiectomy is usually performed when there is a lesion or aneurysm that is in need of removal. The procedure itself is simply the removal or resectioning of a vessel, or rather a portion of a vessel. An incision is made to lend access to the vessel in question. The lesion or aneurysm is removed and the part of the vessel that is removed i often replaced with a stint to resectioned to connect the ends of the vessel together again without the portion that was removed.

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    Risks and Results

    Any type of aneurysm or lesion on or in a vessel is going to cause some type of obstruction of blood flow. Another potential problem is that the lesion or aneurysm would break and cause major health problems even to the point of causing death. That's why it is so important to have this procedure when it is recommended by a doctor. Those who do not have this procedure done after a doctor has deemed it necessary are putting their own health at risk.

    The risks of the procedure itself are the same as any risks that are generally involved with a surgical procedure. The area may be tender with some swelling. The degree of seriousness will delegate how much recovery time is needed. Patients are often back to their normal routine in a limited amount of time but should take care to not overuse the area immediately and cause themselves more damage than is already done.

    As with any surgery, infection is one of the prime concerns. For this reason, patients should take special care to keep the area clean and report any significant changes to their doctor immediately.

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    Preparing

    Preparation for an angiectomy is mostly a matter of planning ahead and making sure that there will be someone with the patient for a day or two following the procedure. This is a safety measure for the patient in case the patient experiences any dizziness or other problems that would make it wise for them to seek medical attention. This is especially the case in situations where the procedure was done around or in the brain area.

    Patients should allow their bodies to heal as directed by their doctors and not force undo stress upon the body. The vessel needs time to heal properly without unneeded strain. While this procedure is relatively common, any medical procedure comes with some type of risk, especially when you consider that every person's body responds differently to different procedures and events. Patients should note any changes that they suspect to be related to this procedure and report them to their doctor immediately.