ABC of Vascular Disease
1. What is an angioplasty?
An angioplasty is a procedure which increases the size of an artery, usually to
allow more blood to pass through it. The commonest method is called balloon
angioplasty where a small plastic balloon is placed inside the narrow
section of the artery and gently inflated to stretch the artery to the correct
shape. This is done in a very similar way to an angiogram and often the
two procedures are combined (angiogram).
Angioplasty is a low risk procedure but complications do sometimes
occur. These issues will be discussed with you before you sign a consent
form for the procedure.