What is angioplasty?

Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used to widen narrowed or obstructed arteries or veins. Typically performed to treat arterial atherosclerosis, angioplasty improves blood flow and alleviates symptoms such as pain and reduced mobility. The procedure is often combined with the placement of a stent, a small mesh tube that helps keep the artery open.

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What are the benefits of undergoing an angioplasty?

Angioplasty offers several advantages:

  • Less invasive: Compared to open surgery, angioplasty involves smaller incisions, leading to reduced pain and scarring.
  • Quicker recovery: Patients typically experience a faster return to normal activities.
  • Immediate relief: Many patients notice an improvement in symptoms shortly after the procedure.
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Who is a candidate for angioplasty?

Angioplasty is recommended for patients with:

  • Blocked or narrowed arteries due to atherosclerosis.
  • Chronic limb-threatening ischemia.
  • Coronary artery disease.
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What is an angioplasty like to experience?

During angioplasty, the following steps will be performed by one of our fellowship-trained vascular surgeons:

  • Accessing the artery: A small incision is made, usually in the groin area, to access the affected artery.
  • Catheter insertion: A catheter with a tiny balloon at its tip is guided through the artery to the blockage.
  • Balloon inflation: The balloon is inflated to compress the plaque against the artery wall, widening the vessel.
  • Stent placement: Often, a stent is placed to keep the artery open post-procedure.
  • Completion: The balloon and catheter are removed, and the incision is closed.
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What are the symptoms of arterial atherosclerosis? (hardened or thickened arteries)

Arterial atherosclerosis, commonly known as the thickening or hardening of the arteries, is a condition where plaque builds up inside the arteries, leading to reduced blood flow. This condition can manifest various symptoms depending on the affected arteries. Key symptoms include:

Leg Pain or Claudication (Pain in the Legs While Walking)

Atherosclerosis in the leg arteries can cause pain, cramping, or fatigue in the legs, especially during walking.

Shortness of Breath

If heart arteries are involved, reduced blood flow can lead to shortness of breath or other symptoms of heart disease.

Weakness or Numbness

Reduced blood flow to the brain can result in transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), causing temporary weakness, numbness, or paralysis, usually on one side of the body.

Difficulty Speaking or Slurred Speech

Atherosclerosis that affects cerebral arteries may lead to difficulty in speaking or understanding speech.

Sudden and Severe Headache

When blood flow to the brain is compromised, it can result in a sudden, severe headache.

High Blood Pressure

Atherosclerosis can cause elevated blood pressure due to narrowed arteries.

It’s important to note that atherosclerosis can be asymptomatic in its early stages. Regular check-ups and vascular screenings are crucial for early detection, especially if you have risk factors such as high cholesterol, hypertension, smoking, diabetes, or a family history of cardiovascular disease.

Our approach at Surgical Associates

Our approach to angioplasty at Surgical Associates is comprehensive and patient-focused. We begin with a thorough evaluation to determine if angioplasty is the most appropriate treatment. Our team provides detailed information about the procedure, potential risks, and the expected outcomes.

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Treatment at our onsite, AAAHC-accredited facility

Our AAAHC accreditation signifies our commitment to the highest standards of care. We perform angioplasty in our state-of-the-art facilities, which are equipped with advanced imaging technologies for precise treatment.

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Postoperative care and recovery

Post-angioplasty, patients receive:

  • Detailed instructions for postoperative care.
  • Guidance on medications and lifestyle changes to maintain arterial health.
  • Regular follow-up appointments to monitor recovery and ensure the long-term success of the procedure.

Enjoy a better quality of life with our help

With a high patient satisfaction rating, we take pride in our ability to provide effective treatments. Our experienced team has successfully performed numerous angioplasty procedures, leading to significant improvements in quality of life.

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Why choose Surgical Associates for angioplasty?

Choosing Surgical Associates means selecting a team that prioritizes quality, integrity, and excellence. Our dedication to using minimally invasive techniques, combined with our personalized care approach, ensures the best outcomes for our patients. We are committed to helping you navigate your vascular health journey with expertise and compassion.

Angioplasty at Surgical Associates represents our dedication to advanced vascular care. Whether you are dealing with atherosclerosis or other vascular conditions, our team is here to offer the best treatment options available. To learn more about angioplasty or to schedule a consultation, contact Surgical Associates.

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