A minor procedure, femoral artery cannulation involves the placement of an angiocatheter into the groin (femoral) artery. This procedure is performed on patients who are critically ill and require constant blood pressure and heart rate monitoring.
Also Known As:
- Arterial cannulation
- Angiocatheter placement
- Arterial surgery
Conditions Treated with Femoral Artery Cannulation:
Femoral artery cannulation is performed on patients who require blood pressure and arterial blood gas monitoring. It is also utilized for patients who have congestive heart failure and to deliver medication that alters heart muscle contractions.
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to femoral artery cannulation.
Anesthesia with Femoral Artery Cannulation:
Femoral artery cannulation is typically performed with local anesthesia, which means that the patient is alert but cannot feel anything during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Femoral Artery Cannulation:
Possible risks of femoral artery cannulation include femoral vein puncture, hematoma, thrombosis and arterial or femoral vein puncture. It is also possible for the angiocatheter to be placed improperly.
Prognosis after Femoral Artery Cannulation:
The prognosis for a positive end result following femoral artery cannulation is good.
Recovery from Femoral Artery Cannulation:
There is no recovery time needed for femoral artery cannulation.