What Is Angioplasty and Stenting?

Angioplasty and stenting is an image-guided, non-surgical procedure that is used to restore the free flow of blood to arteries or veins that have become blocked. The procedure involves threading a balloon-tipped catheter through your blood vessels to the point of the blockage, inflating the balloon to expand the blood vessel, and optionally placing a stent that will remain in place to hold the vessel open.

How to Prepare for Angioplasty and Stenting

  • Consultation - We will schedule an appointment for you to review the treatment and answer any questions you may have.
  • Contrast - This procedure uses IV contrast, which helps the interventional radiologists see inside your body more clearly. We carefully assess your risk before giving you IV contrast and may run a blood test before your procedure to check your body chemistry.
  • Eating and drinking - Please do not eat solid foods, candy, gum, or drink liquids after midnight on the night before the procedure.
  • Medications - Be sure to to tell us the names of any medications you are taking in advance of your procedure. You may need to stop taking certain medications. In addition, you may be prescribed medication for you to take a few days before the procedure.
  • When to arrive - Please arrive two hours prior to your procedure so we can properly prepare for your treatment. A nurse will insert an IV line to give you sedation medications to make you more comfortable during the procedure. You will also be attached to a cardiac monitor, given a catheter to collect your urine and connected to a blood pressure monitor. The incision area in the groin will be cleaned and shaved and you will receive medication to numb the area.

What Happens After Angioplasty and Stenting?

We will admit you to the hospital overnight so we can monitor your condition. Once you return home, you should take it easy for a few days and avoid any strenuous activity for 10 days. Most people return to a normal level of activity in one to three weeks.