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Medications are given through an IV to calm the patient. During the embolization procedure, the physician inserts a catheter through a puncture in the large blood vessel in the leg called the femoral artery.
Using imaging guidance, the catheter winds to the site of the abnormality through the circulatory system. Once at the site, embolizing materials is released through the catheter to seal the blood vessel.
It depends on the complexity of the case, but most procedures take about 30 minutes.
You will have to elevate your leg for several hours. Additionally, you will be monitored to ensure that there is no bleeding at the puncture site and that you have regular breathing and heart rate. Most patients are discharged the same day, but some are required to stay overnight.
You will feel better within a day, but should refrain from driving, lifting or exercise until your doctor says it is OK.
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