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Overview: When your cholesterol levels are high, a fatty substance known as plaque can attach itself to the walls of your arteries. This condition is called atherosclerosis. As plaque accumulates inside your arteries, your arteries can narrow. This reduces the space available for blood to flow.
Peripheral artery angioplasty with stent placement is a minimally invasive procedure used to open up narrow or blocked arteries. This procedure can be used in different parts of your body, depending on the location of the affected artery. It only requires a small incision.
Your doctor may recommend you peripheral artery angioplasty and stent placement if you have the following symptoms:
Peripheral artery angioplasty with stent placement usually takes an hour. However, the procedure can take longer if stents need to be placed in more than one artery. You will ideally be given a local anesthetic to help relax your body and mind. Most people are awake during this procedure, without feeling any pain. Most angioplasties with stent placements require an overnight visit to ensure there are no problems, but some people are allowed to go home the same day.
Angioplasty: Angioplasty is a medical procedure where a tiny balloon will be used by your surgeon to widen an artery. A stent is a tiny tube that’s inserted into your artery and left in there to prevent it from closing.Learn Less
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