Angioplasty is a procedure that uses a catheter and a balloon to open up blocked arteries.
Stenting happens after angioplasty during which your surgeon inserts a small metal device in the artery. The stent helps keep the artery open and improve blood flow.
In addition to these treatment methods, your surgeon may use a device that removes the plaque in a process called atherectomy.
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Peripheral angioplasty and stenting open a narrowed or blocked artery in your extremities, like your arms or legs. This treatment can prevent the need for more invasive procedures, such as bypass surgery.
Your doctor may suggest angioplasty and stenting if you have peripheral artery disease (PAD), which can cause:
Before your procedure, your vascular surgeon will conduct a thorough exam.
He or she will use imaging tests — like ultrasound or a CT scan — to find the blockages and see how severe.
During your procedure, your surgeon will:
Depending on your condition and overall health, you may be able to go home the same day. Most people spend one day or less in the hospital.