If you experience blocked blood vessels, your risk of a heart attack or stroke increases. The good news is that at Vascular Surgery Specialists in Phoenix, Arizona, board-certified vascular and endovascular surgeons offer angioplasty and stent placement to open clogged blood vessels and reduce your risk of serious medical problems. Schedule an appointment by phone or book online to learn more.
Angioplasty and stent placement is a surgical procedure in which your vascular specialist can repair narrow or clogged arteries. They insert a tiny balloon catheter into a blocked vessel to expand it and improve blood flow. Your provider then places a small wire mesh tube, called a stent, into the artery to keep it open.
The main benefit of angioplasty and stent placement is to unclog blood vessels to decrease shortness of breath, chest pain, and your risk of a heart attack and stroke. If you’re at risk of these problems or have a history of vascular diseases, visit Vascular Surgery Specialists for an evaluation.
To find out if you’re a good candidate for angioplasty and stent placement, your doctor reviews your personal and family medical history and asks about your symptoms. They listen to your heart and may recommend you complete heart function tests, blood tests, or imaging procedures to diagnose your condition and develop a treatment plan.
To get ready for angioplasty and stent placement, follow all of your provider’s pre-surgery instructions. Stop taking certain medications if your vascular specialist recommends it, and avoid eating or drinking anything the morning of your procedure. You will also need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home afterward.
Prior to angioplasty and stent placement, you’re given anesthesia and a sedative to help you relax. Your provider monitors your pulse, blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels during the procedure.
They thread a thin catheter through an artery in your arm, wrist, or groin area. Your specialist inflates a small balloon-like device to open a narrowed artery. They place a tiny coil of wire mesh (a stent) into the artery wall to keep it open, remove the catheter, and take more X-ray images before moving you to a recovery area.
After angioplasty and stent placement, you might stay overnight in a surgery center. Plan to have someone drive you home and take medications as directed by your doctor. After about a week, you can return to a normal routine – including work.
Avoid strenuous exercise or heavy lifting, drink a lot of fluids, and contact Vascular Surgery Specialists if you experience worsening pain, signs of infection, shortness of breath, chest pain, weakness, or fatigue. Eat healthy foods, exercise regularly when your provider gives you the okay, maintain a healthy weight, and avoid smoking.
Don’t let clogged arteries progress to serious medical problems. Schedule an appointment with Vascular Surgery Specialists by phone or book online to find out if angioplasty and stent placement is right for you.