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

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Dr. Richard Sanders
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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