Interventional Radiology at Union Hospital, Dover Ohio

Angioplasty

What is an Angioplasty?

Image of a blocked artery, angioplasty balloon inserted, and artery opened after balloon is withdrawn.
Image of a blocked artery, angioplasty balloon inserted, and artery opened after balloon is withdrawn.

Angioplasty is the insertion of a balloon catheter into a narrowed blood vessel. The balloon is inflated for a few seconds in order to open the vessel and restore blood flow.

What will happen?

The procedure starts with an Angiogram. [If you are not familiar with angiograms, learn more now.] The doctor will enter the blood vessels through the artery in your upper leg. Guided by the X-ray images, the doctor will move a guide wire to the stenosis (narrowed) blood vessel. A balloon catheter will follow the guide wire into position at the blockage. When it is in position the balloon is inflated for a few seconds to open the vessel and restore blood flow.

Will it hurt?

Angioplasty balloon showing an inflation device.
Angioplasty balloon showing an inflation device.

You may feel slight pressure for a minute while the angioplasty balloon is inflated.

When can I get back to my normal activity?

Depending on the location of the blood vessel, but generally you can get back to your normal activity the next day. The doctor or nurse will let you know for sure.

When do I get my results?

The Doctor will be able to tell you and your family the results as soon as the procedure is finished.

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