Angioplasty is a procedure offered at Deborah Heart and Lung Center that opens narrowed or blocked blood vessels responsible for moving blood throughout the body. Fatty deposits can build up inside the arteries and block blood flow. To restore blood flow, a stent – a small, metal mesh tube that keeps the artery open – is placed.
Angioplasty uses a medical “balloon” to widen blocked arteries. The balloon presses against the inside wall of the artery to open the space and improve blood flow. A metal stent is often placed across the artery wall to keep the artery from narrowing again.
To treat a blockage in the leg, angioplasty can be done in the following:
Symptoms of a blocked peripheral artery are pain, aching, or heaviness in the leg that starts or gets worse when walking.
Before having angioplasty, the physicians at Deborah will perform tests to see the extent of the blockage in your blood vessels. Patients may be candidates for angioplasty if they:
Angioplasty improves artery blood flow for most people. Results will vary, depending on where the blockage was, the size of the blood vessel, and how much blockage there is in other arteries. If the procedure is not effective, the patient may still require open bypass surgery or even amputation.