• Minimally invasive, endovascular procedures such as angioplasty can reduce risk and offer shorter recovery times, compared to open surgery.
  • Angioplasty is sometimes done alone, without stenting.
  • Your doctor will choose a therapy based on your ability to exercise, your risk of open surgery, and the type, number and degree of blockage(s).

Angioplasty (Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty)

  • Angioplasty may be performed for coronary artery disease or peripheral artery disease. When it is performed for peripheral arty disease, the procedure is called percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA).
  • At the start of the procedure, a thin tube called a catheter enters the femoral artery through a small puncture in the thigh.
  • Your physician uses X-rays to guide the catheter to the blockage, then inflates a balloon at the tip of the catheter.
  • The balloon presses the clogging material flat against the artery wall, expanding the artery and allowing more space for the blood to flow.
  • Your physician may use a plain balloon or one coated with medication (drug-eluting balloon), which helps prevent scarring while the artery heals.


  • A stent is a tube of metal mesh that holds your artery open and may improve the results of angioplasty alone.
  • In a minimally invasive, endovascular procedure, a catheter delivers the stent to the blockage site.
  • Stents can be bare metal, covered with fabric and/or coated with medication (drug-eluting stent), which helps prevent scarring while the artery heals.
  • Stents may also be placed as part of open surgery.


Rating and Reviews,

0.0 out of 5 stars (based on 0 reviews)
Very good0%

No reviews found.