Minimally Invasive Vascular Intervention
Arteries are normally smooth and unobstructed on the
inside, but as you age, plaque can build up in the walls of your arteries.
Cholesterol, calcium, and fibrous tissue make up this plaque. As more plaque
builds up, your arteries can narrow and stiffen. This process is called
atherosclerosis, or ha
rdening of the
arteries. Eventually, enough plaque builds up to reduce blood flow through your
Depending upon the particular circumstances, your physician may recommend
angioplasty or stenting as an alternative to bypass surgery, which also treats
For certain types of blockages, angioplasty has some advantages when compared
to bypass surgery. For example, angioplasty does not require a large incision.
Because of this, angioplasty patients usually spend less time in the hospital
and recover at home faster than bypass surgery patients. Also, your physician
can usually perform angioplasty while you are awake, whereas bypass surgery
requires general or regional anesthesia.
Nevertheless, in some circumstances, bypass surgery may be a better
option. Your vascular surgeon will help you decide what alternative is best
for your particular situation.
Angioplasty most often is used to treat peripheral arterial disease (PAD),
which is another name for hardening of the arteries not involving your
heart. It can also be used, in some circumstances, to treat narrowed areas
in your veins.
Arterial Angioplasty and Stenting
• Renal Artery Angioplasty and Stenting
• Endovascular Aortic