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Angioplasty is quite an invasive stent placement procedure that is used to open narrow or blocked arteries. This mainly requires a very small incision and depends on the location where the artery is affected. This is a medical procedure where the doctor uses a balloon that helps to widen the artery. A stent is inserted into the artery, which is a tiny mesh.
The doctor will prescribe the medicines to prevent the clotting and also lower the cholesterol level. At CARE Hospitals, all efforts will be done to take care in a very perfect way. Doctors will guide you so that your high blood pressure, cholesterol, and nutrition are managed systematically after the procedure.
Why is it done?
When the cholesterol levels become high, the fatty substance gets attached to the walls of the arteries. This fatty substance gets accumulated in the arteries and they become narrow. The space which is available for the flow of the blood gets reduced. Thus Angioplasty and stent placement are the treatment for narrowed arteries.
It is always better to be aware of the symptoms associated with the disease. Some of the main symptoms are;
Coldness in the legs.
There will be a change in the color of the legs.
You will experience numbness in the legs.
Cramping will be there after the activity.
You can also experience some kind of soreness in the toes.
Initially, doctors will try with the medications and in the case where the medications do not help then the next option the doctor will opt for is angioplasty and the stent placement.
Some of the risks involved in the procedure include;
Some of the medications can cause allergic reactions.
There might be breathing problems.
Some other problems like blood clots and bleeding can be there.
There are chances of kidney damage.
You can also get some kind of infection
The arteries can be narrowed again.
There are chances that the arteries can be ruptured.
It is always better to prepare well for the procedure to avoid any complications.
You should inform the doctor if you have any allergies.
Inform the doctor if you are taking any medications for any illness.
Don't eat or drink anything the night before the surgery.
Local anaesthesia will be given during the procedure. Most people will be awake but they will not be experiencing any pain. This is considered a less invasive procedure that is usually done with a small incision, which will help the doctor to access the blocked artery. The incision will be through the catheter and further guide the catheter towards the blockage of the arteries. The doctor will view the arteries through the x-rays and also use the dye so that the blockage can be located easily.
The next step is to place the stent. A small wire is passed through the catheter, which is followed by the other catheter attached to a small balloon. After reaching the blocked artery the balloon is inflated. This will further allow the artery to open and allow the blood flow. Then the stent is placed and expands along with the balloon. Once the surgeon ensures that the stent is in place he will remove the catheter.
The next is to close the incision. Once the stent placement is done the incision is closed and you will be sent to the recovery room and kept for observation. Blood pressure and heart rate will be monitored. Some are asked to stay overnight in the hospitals and some will be sent home the same day. At CARE Hospitals, we offer state-of-the-art infrastructure. Our team of doctors and staff ensure you recover easily and quickly.
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