Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA)
When do I need this Procedure?
Angioplasty and stenting are performed when plaque buildup narrows or blocks an artery. The narrowed channel is dilated with a balloon and a metallic 'stent' is placed.
What is Angioplasty?
Angioplasty is a procedure to restore blood flow through the artery.
What Happens in the Angioplasty Procedure?
- During an Angioplasty, a catheter with a special balloon goes into the blocked artery.
- The balloon is inflated (blown up).This pushes the material known as 'plaque' against the walls of the artery and expands the artery.
- Another balloon, covered with a wire mesh (called stent), is then put into the artery. The stent expands and locks into place. This holds the artery open.
Post Procedure Information:
- You would be taken to the CCU for recovery.
- The cardiologist will decide how long you would have to stay in the hospital.
- Watch out for sudden bleeding, swelling, bad pain at the puncture site, numbness or coolness in your arms and legs, chest pain and fever. Call your doctor at the earliest.
- Your doctor will advise you on your physical activities (for example, driving and work).