What is angioplasty?

Angioplasty is a procedure used to open blocked or narrowed blood vessels caused by peripheral arterial disease or other conditions. The interventional radiologist inserts a very small balloon attached to a thin catheter into a blood vessel through a small nick in the skin. Using x-ray guidance, the catheter is directed to the site of the blocked artery. The balloon is inflated to open the artery.

Why would you need angioplasty?

Angioplasty and stenting have generally replaced open surgery and become the preferred first-line treatment because research has shown interventional therapy to be as effective as surgery for many arterial occlusions.

Risks Involved

Our ability to use imaging guidance and cutting-edge technology minimizes patient risk. Prior to your procedure, your physician will discuss any potential risks with you.

Conditions to let us know about

Let your doctor know if you currently are pregnant or breastfeeding, feeling ill, have a fever, or are taking any blood thinners.

Insurance coverage

Angioplasty is covered by most private insurance providers as well as Medicare. We will seek authorization from your insurance company prior to your procedure.

Preparing for your procedure

If you are on blood thinners your doctor will instruct you if you need to stop these medications prior to the procedure. If your procedure requires sedation, then you will need a responsible adult to give you a ride home.

Recovering from your procedure

You may possibly receive mild to moderate sedation during your procedure. You will stay in the recovery area until you are ready for discharge. You will be given written post procedure discharge instructions that will advise you about return to normal physical activity. If you have any questions after your procedure, please call the RIA Interventional Suite at 720-493-3406.

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