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what is the procedure for an angioplasty?

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Dr. Jerry Light
35 years experience Vascular Surgery
Balloon in artery: You are probably referring to balloon angioplasty, which refers to inflating a specialized balloon in an artery to open up a blockage. This is usually done "percutaneously"; this means using a small tube which is inserted through a puncture site in the skin. Angioplasty can also be done with an open surgical procedure. In this case, a small "patch" is sewn to the artery to widen it.
Answered on Jul 9, 2015
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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
40 years experience Preventive Medicine
Complex - PTCA: Sedate pt., puncture artery & insert tube (with rubber seal). Through tube inset guidewire &, using dye+fluoroscopy, manipulate guidewire through blood vessels to target area. Trade guidewire for guide catheter & inject dye+fluoroscopy to visualize target. Through catheter, insert 0.014" guidewire, then balloon catheter through target narrowing, inflate balloon 60-250 x’s bp, deflate, check result.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013

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