Angioplasty & Stenting
Angioplasty, also referred to as balloon angioplasty or percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA), is a minimally-invasive, endovascular procedure that widens narrowed or obstructed arteries and veins, usually used to treat a type of heart disease called arterial atherosclerosis. Angioplasty includes all types of vascular interventions that are normally performed percutaneously (through the skin).
A deflated balloon is attached to a catheter and passed over a guide-wire into the narrowed vessel. The balloon is then inflated to a predetermined size. The balloon forces the blood vessel and the surrounding muscular wall to expand, which allows the blood to flow more efficiently. A stent can be inserted during this procedure to ensure the vessel stays open. Then, the balloon is deflated and withdrawn. At the conclusion of the procedure, we remove the wires, balloons, and catheters, and we treat the vessel puncture site with direct pressure or a vascular closure device.
At the PA Vascular Institute, we specialize in using cutting-edge technology to make procedures, and their ensuing recovery periods, as quick and painless as possible.