Angioplasty is an interventional non-surgical procedure to open blocked or narrowed blood vessels in the body caused by peripheral arterial disease or other conditions.
Holy Name Medical Center’s Interventional Radiologists insert a very thin catheter through a small incision in the skin to the blocked blood vessel. They are guided by X-ray imaging to the site of the blockage. A balloon is sent through the catheter and inflated, or a small metal tube known as a stent, is put at the site of the blockage – keeping the blood vessel open so blood can flow freely. Recent advancements include the use of medicated balloons and stents to provide better healing after treatment.
- In most cases, patients are not required to stay overnight at a hospital and general anesthesia is not used.
- No surgical incision is made and no stitches are needed.
- Patients may resume normal activities shortly after the procedure.