National Heart Institute

Angioplasty and Stenting

What is angioplasty and stenting?

Peripheral angioplasty and stenting is a treatment procedure used to examine and treat blockages in the peripheral arteries. 

How is the test performed?

  1. A catheter is inserted into the femoral artery and threaded to the blockage. 
  2. Your doctor will follow the path of the catheter through an x-ray and will perform balloon dilation in the area.
  3. This is typically followed by stenting which is catheter-based placement of metal mesh expandable cylindrical scaffolding (called a “stent”) that keeps the diseased artery open to its normal size.  This is performed when angioplasty alone cannot dilate the artery sufficiently or in certain locations where stents works better than angioplasty alone.

How long does it take to recover?

Many patients are treated with this procedure as it is less invasive than standard surgical procedures. Recovery time is short and may involve a one night hospitalization.