Lower Extremity Angioplasty; Carotid Angioplasty; Renal Angioplasty;
Patients suffering from pain with walking, claudication or nonhealing ulcers may benefit from lower extremity Angioplasty and stent placement to increase the circulation to the legs. In addition, patients who have had strokes, dizziness or fainting spells may have blockages in the carotid arteries (the arteries that supply the brain). In the past surgery was the only alternative. Now we can offer carotid angioplasty and stent placement without the need of general anesthesia and prolonged hospital days to open these arteries. Similar angioplasty and stent techniques can be applied to the kidney arteries to treat patients with severe high blood pressure.
A laser device is utilized to open blocked arteries in the chest, legs and heart by pulverizing plaque that lines the arterial walls.
Angioplasty with Stenting
In most cases, balloon angioplasty is performed in combination with the “stenting” procedure. A stent is a small, metal mesh tube that acts as a scaffold to provide support inside the coronary artery. A balloon catheter is used to insert the stent into the narrowed artery. Once in place, the balloon is inflated and the stent expands to the size of the artery and holds it open. The balloon is deflated and removed, and the stent stays in place permanently. During a period of several weeks, the artery heals around the stent.
Angioplasty with stenting is most commonly recommended for patients who have a blockage in one or two coronary arteries. If there are blockages in more than two coronary arteries, coronary artery bypass graft surgery may be recommended.