1What is Peripheral angioplasty?
Dilatation of a blood vessel with a balloon is called an Angioplasty. If a metallic tube is placed to keep blood vessels open it is called as stenting.
2Why it is performed?
TO restore blood supply to legs so as to prevent gangrene & amputation, it is performed
3How it is performed?
Under local anesthesia, through a small puncture, a wire is passed across the blockage, and the balloon is inflated under fluoroscopy. It is a relatively painless procedure. The Patient needs hospitalization only for 1 or 2 days
4What is the duration of hospitalization?
usually 1 to 2 days
5What are the complications of angioplasty?
Failure of the procedure, Rethrombosis of the blood vessel, Rupture of blood vessel, or puncture site problems like hematoma & pseudoaneurysm can occur
6What is the after care & Follow up?
NO special aftercare is required as there is no operation. However, the patient should take rest for 1 or 2 days and continue all medications and diet as advised.
7Can Angioplasty be performed anywhere in the body?
Yes. Angio means blood vessel and plasty means dilatation of blood vessel. Hence, angioplasty can be performed in any blood vessel from head to toe.
8What is better Angioplasty or Bypass?
Both the procedures have their on indications based on the patient‘s risk, lesion morphology, and cost-effectiveness. Hence, let the doctor decide what is better for particular patient.