This is a procedure used to open blocked or narrowed blood vessels caused by peripheral arterial disease or other conditions.
What Is The Procedure?
First, an interventional radiologist inserts a small balloon attached to a catheter through a small nick in the skin. Next, using X-ray guidance, the catheter is directed to the site of the blocked artery. Lastly, it is inflated to open the artery to open up the vessels.
Benefits Of Procedure
This procedure along with stinting has generally replaced open heart surgery. This has become the preferred first line treatment since research has shown interventional therapy to be as effective as surgery for many arterial occlusions.