Angioplasty and Stenting

During an angioplasty, a small tube, called a catheter, with a balloon on the end is inserted into the blocked artery and gently expanded. This pushes open the blockage and restores blood flow. The catheter is then removed. A tiny metal cylinder called a stent may be put in place to ensure that the artery stays open.

Procedure

During an angioplasty, a small tube, called a catheter, with a balloon on the end is inserted into the blocked artery and gently expanded. This pushes open the blockage and restores blood flow. The catheter is then removed. A tiny metal cylinder called a stent may be put in place to ensure that the artery stays open.

Anesthesia

During the procedure, you will be given a medication that will help you relax. You may also be given a blood-thinning medication that will help prevent clots from developing. The surgeon will then provide a local anesthetic for the area that will be treated, to prevent any possible pain.

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