Angioplasty & Vascular Stenting


Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that opens narrowed or blocked blood vessels that supply blood to the artery in your leg, neck, or kidneys. During angioplasty and stenting, dye is injected into your body to allow your vascular surgeon to see the blocked artery with X-ray images. A tiny balloon is inserted with a catheter up through a tiny incision in your groin. The balloon inflated to open the artery and improve blood flow.

A metal stent may be placed across the artery wall to keep the artery open. After the stent is placed the balloon is removed.

Angioplasty with stent placement in your leg normally takes about an hour. The procedure may take longer if stents are placed in more than one artery. You will be given a local anesthetic, but will be awake for the procedure. This is usually an outpatient procedure and you will normally go home the same day.