Balloon angioplasty is performed with a thin, flexible tube called a catheter which is inserted in the area obstructed by a blockage. Once inserted, it is inflated (ballooned) to dislodge plaque that has accumulated and blocked the blood flow.
Balloon angioplasty with stent placement begins with the treatment described above. After the angioplasty is completed, a wire meshed tube-like device is inserted into the affected area to help keep the vein open for optimal blood flow.
Both treatments, which are usually done together, require a minimally invasive incision, which may allow for faster recovery than traditional surgery.
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