Why Choose BMI Healthcare for Your Femoral Endarterectomy
If your femoral artery is stenosed or blocked, a femoral endarterectomy can improve circulation.
By choosing to have your endarterectomy at a BMI Healthcare hospital, you will benefit from:
- Fast access to a consultant, often within 24 hours
- Dedicated clincial care from a multi-disciplinary team
- Flexible payment plans for self-pay patients
- Easy access to treatment for those with private medical insurance
BMI Healthcare has over 55 locations across England and Scotland, offering patients all over the UK access to fast and affordable private healthcare. Find your nearest hospital here.
How Much Does a Femoral Endarterectomy Cost?
The cost of having a femoral endarterectomy can vary depending on the consultant performing the procedure. Prices can also vary between hospital and region.
A fixed cost for femoral endarterectomy will be given following an initial consultation; however our team can often provide a quote upon enquiry.
To find out more, you can make an enquiry here or call us on 0808 101 0337.
If you’re looking to pay for your own treatment, you may qualify for our flexible finance plans. You can find out more here.
What Is a Femoral Endarterectomy?
The femoral artery is one of the main arteries in the groin and is crucial for blood flow throughout the body. When a femoral blockage restricts circulation, a femoral endarterectomy may help to improve blood flow.
Depending on the health of the patient and what the consultant deems appropriate, the procedure is performed under local or general anaesthetic. An incision is made in the groin, through which the consultant can access the artery.
The plaque is removed from the artery and a synthetic patch may be applied in order to prevent the artery from narrowing in the future.
The incision is then closed with stitches.
Preparing for surgery
Before the surgery you will be assessed by a multi-disciplinary medical team.
Depending on the anaesthetic used, you may be asked not to eat or drink in the lead up to surgery.
Most patients can expect to stay in hospital for a day or two following a femoral endarterectomy, so it is important that you plan for your stay in hospital. Bring along any medications you might be taking, as well as clothes, nightwear and any toiletries you may need.
Recovering from a Femoral Endarterectomy
In the days following the procedure it's normal to experience some pain around the incision. You may be prescribed pain medication to help with this.
If dissolvable stitches have not been used, you will need to visit the medical team seven to 14 days after the surgery to have them removed.
It's recommended that you remain as active as possible after your consultant gives you the go-ahead. Moderate exercise such as walking boosts blood flow and can speed up recovery.
It is recommended that you avoid strenuous exercise such as jogging, weight lifting or cycling until your doctor confirms that it is safe to do so.
Most patients can return to work after after six weeks.1
Your consultant will advise you on what kind of medicine you can expect to take following the surgery. If you are prescribed antibiotics it is very important that you finish the whole course, even if symptoms improve before the course is complete.
What are the risks?
A femoral endarterectomy is considered a safe procedure, with major complications occurring in only 2-3% of cases.2
However, as with any surgery there are risks associated with the procedure. The most common risks can include:
- Numbness around the wound or limb due to skin nerves being severed
- Limb swelling due to inflammation following surgery
- Infection of the wound or arterial patch
- Adverse reaction to anaesthetic
Alternatives to Treatment
Depending on the type of blockage and its location, an angioplasty can sometimes be performed instead of an endarterectomy.
Symptoms will not improve without treatment and in extreme cases can lead to amputation if circulation to the leg is blocked completely.