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Doctor insights on: Balloon Angioplasty Vs Bypass Surgery

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What are the pros and cons of balloon angioplasty and bypass surgery?

What are the pros and cons of balloon angioplasty and bypass surgery?

Depends on cause: Balloon angioplasty works best for localized narrowing in an artery. It is performed by inserting a catheter (long tube) in an artery, usually at the groin. The balloon stretches out the narrowed area to open it. Recovery time is just a day or two, much shorter than a bypass. Bypasses are used for total blockage of an artery, where a balloon can't get in or when balloon angioplasty has failed. ...Read more

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When do you do a balloon angioplasty instead of a coronrary bypass surgey?

When blockages: Are focal & in an anatomically favorable location (e.g. Not in left main coronary ) and not too many. ...Read more

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What is the price range for angioplasty or bypass surgery?

Prices: prices would be very difficult to quote due to differences in insurance companies, hospital charges, geographic differences (that do affect costs) and other factors. ...Read more

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Which is best, bypass surgery or angioplasty for person above 75 years(7-8 blocks in RCA, DIAG), diabetic & had stroke 2 yr back(not fully recovered)?

AngioPlasty or CABG: That is normally a question best answered by a cardiac surgeon. As a rule, angioplasty is less invasive but in hardened arteries it may lead to rupture during procedure and eventual surgery. Stents may also work in some situations. With your history of diabetes and stroke, the risks for any surgery are higher than normal. Please seek a second opinion if you have any doubts. Good luck. ...Read more

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My dad has a triple vessel. Should he have an angioplasty or bypass surgery?

My dad has a triple vessel. Should he have an angioplasty or bypass surgery?

It depends: What vessels what size what degrees of stenosis what other risks -diabetes age etc how functional is the heart function-ejection fraction=squeezing status. ...Read more

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Which is better angioplasty or bypass surgery?

Depends: It depends on what patient with what conditions. For example, if a patient comes in while they're having a heart attack, going to the cath lab for an angioplasty is much better than a bypass operation. In diabetics with two or more vessels blocked, bypass is much better. It depends on the person's medical condition and the number of vessels really. ...Read more

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Which is better: angioplasty or a bypass surgery?

Which is better: angioplasty or a bypass surgery?

Depends: Too broad a question. Pts with poor heart function , mutiple vessels invoved, diabetics and left main involvement tend to be treated by bypass. The data suggests that the higher risk pts need complete revascularization and this is usually achieved by surger . With drug coated stents and improved technology the gap has closed and either may be suitable. Risks/benefits/alternatives should be discussed. ...Read more

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How are angioplasty and bypass surgery different?

Approach: Angioplasty is usually done through an artery, and is called a percutaneous approach. Bypass surgery is done in the or, and requires a surgical incision for access. ...Read more

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After 2 mi's, 8 cath's, 6 stents and 2 angioplasty's in the past 2 years, should I be planning on bypass surgery in the near future?

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After 2 mi's, 8 cath's, 6 stents and 2 angioplasty's in the past 2 years, should I be planning on bypass surgery in the near future?

Not necessarily: Time to change your diet. Read "prevent and reverse heart disease" by dr caldwell esselstyn. There is good evidence that a whole foods, plant based diet, that is low in fat can prevent and reverse coronary artery disease. It is a 'do no harm' intervention that could change your metabolism and propensity to develop atherosclerotic changes in your vessels. ...Read more

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Can an angioplasty fail for any reason? What happens if it doesn’t work? What are the other treatment options? Will I have to have heart bypass surgery?

Can an angioplasty fail for any reason? What happens if it doesn’t work? What are the other treatment options? Will I have to have heart bypass surgery?

Not necessarily: Angioplasties are supposed to be done for high- grade stenoses, and if they fail, either early or late, treatment can repeat angioplasty, medical therapy, or surgery. Depends on the level of circulation to the area of the heart in question. ...Read more

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What are reasons to get heart bypass surgery rather than angioplasty with a stent to open the arteries?

Angioplasty or bypas: Left main disease, bifurcation stenosis, calcified arteries, and multivessel disease are common reasons for opting bypass surgery over angioplasty. ...Read more

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I wanted to know if balloon angioplasty is safe?

Yes: For 99 people in a 100, it's perfectly safe. ...Read more

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Has any one had balloon angioplasty and was it painful after?

Has any one had balloon angioplasty and was it painful after?

No: After procedure minimum discomfort at catheter insertion site, which disappears in few days , ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Why is my thigh burning after a balloon angioplasty?

May be from: Puncture site. Small nerve may be irritated. Could be a forming bruise. If hard and pulsatile. ...Read more

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Why is my thigh burning after a balloon angioplasty with stenting?

Pain after: Arterial access. May form a bruise. If focal swelling at your groin get checked by the doctor who did the procedure. Should go away in a few days otherwise. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: balloon angioplasty?

Push aside the plaq: Angioplasty is the mechanism to unclog the partially occluded vessel from completely closing to result heart attack , usually this is done in combination with stents at the same time to prevent collapse of the vessel , like reinforcement of the vessel. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about balloon angioplasty and was it painful at all?

Open blockages: It's a percutaneous transcatheter procedure to open blocked arteries with a balloon, usually followed by insertion of a stent at its conclusion. Patients are sedated but not fully asleep. A local anesthetic is used. There is minor discomfort at the onset as the skin is punctured and often a minute of angina when the balloon is inflated. Overall, it's not painful. ...Read more

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Angioplasty (Definition)

Angioplasty is vascular modification -- a vascular repair procedure ...Read more