Balloon angioplasty is a medical procedure used to widen narrowed or blocked blood vessels, particularly those in the heart or legs. The procedure is performed by inserting a small, deflated balloon on the end of a catheter into the affected blood vessel. Once the balloon is in place, it is inflated, which helps to stretch open the narrowed or blocked area, allowing blood to flow more freely. The balloon is then deflated and removed.
Balloon angioplasty is typically used to treat conditions such as coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease, and carotid artery disease. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia or sedation and typically has a relatively short recovery time. However, balloon angioplasty may not be suitable for everyone, and your doctor will determine if it is appropriate for you based on your medical history and the condition of your blood vessels.« Back to Glossary Index