Endovascular Therapy for Peripheral Arterial Disease

In this procedure, a small hollow tube (catheter) is threaded through a blood vessel to the affected artery. There, a small balloon on the tip of the catheter is inflated to reopen the artery and flatten the blockage into the artery wall, while at the same time stretching the artery open to increase blood flow.

Your doctor may also insert a mesh framework called a stent in the artery to help keep it open. Your doctor may also perform an athrectomy where the plaque causing the narrowing is removed.





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