When You're in the Hospital
You had procedure that used a balloon catheter to open a narrowed vessel (angioplasty) that supplies blood to the arms or legs (peripheral artery). You may have also had a stent placed.
To perform the procedure:
- Your doctor inserted a catheter (flexible tube) into your blocked artery through a cut in your groin.
- X-rays were used to guide the catheter up to the area of the blockage.
- The doctor then passed a wire through the catheter to the blockage and a balloon catheter was pushed over it.
- The balloon on the end of the catheter was blown up. This opened the blocked vessel and restored proper blood flow to the affected area.
- A stent is very often placed at the site to prevent the vessel from closing up again.