Frequently Asked Questions
What is Angioplasty?
Angioplasty is a medical procedure that rebuilds the normal bloodstream throughout the arteries by widening the narrowed blood vessels and removing the blockages in the blood vessels. Multiple Angioplasty methods are available based on the type of plaque [sticky deposit], size, and shape of the artery.
Various types of Angioplasty methods are:
- Coronary artery stent
- Laser Angioplasty [Excimer laser coronary angioplasty-ELCA]
- Stent implantation
- Balloon Angioplasty
- Peripheral Angioplasty
- Renal artery Angioplasty
- Carotid artery Angioplasty
- Cerebral Angioplasty
- Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty of the femoral artery
What are the advantages linked with Angioplasty?
Following are the advantages of Angioplasty:
- Widens the narrowed blood vessels or arteries
- Restores the normal blood flow
- Lowers the risk of recurrence of a heart attack
- Less invasive procedure
- Short hospitalization
- Decreased blood loss
What are the indications of Angioplasty?
Following are the indications of Angioplasty:
- Obstruction of the blood flow in the renal artery
- Coronary heart disease
- Proximal lesion
- Heart attack
What is the preparation needed for Angioplasty?
- The doctor may ask the patient about the present and past medical and medication history.
- Some tests may be advised by the doctor to check the condition of the blockages.
- The patient should stop eating or drinking before 6 hours of the procedure.
- Discuss with the doctor about all the risks, complications, and benefits associated with the Angioplasty.
- The patient may be asked to sign a consent form before undergoing this procedure.
What are the steps involved in Angioplasty?
Following steps are involved in Angioplasty:
- The patient will be sedated and then, a catheter or small tube will be inserted into the large artery.
- The catheter is slowly directed throughout the artery until the tip approaches the vessel that needed to be checked.
- Now, the contrast dye is injected into the blood vessel through the catheter, and the X-rays of the blood vessels will be taken.
- These X-ray images may be examined by the doctor and a small balloon at the end of the catheter will be inflated and widens the narrowed artery.
- After widening the artery, the balloon will be deflated. In a few cases, a stent will be placed in the obstructed artery for normal blood flow.
What is the recovery care for Angioplasty?
- The patient may need to stay in the hospital until awake from the sedation.
- The patient may feel faint or weak, chest pain, and/or shortness of breath.
- If bleeding is noticed at the incision site, consult the doctor immediately.
Who can perform Angioplasty?
Angioplasty may be performed by:
- Vascular surgeon
- Interventional Cardiologist
What is the cost of Angioplasty in Gurgaon?
The Cost of Angioplasty in Gurgaon depends on:
- The medical condition of the patient
- Age of the patient
- Doctor fee
- Area of the body to be treated
- Type of the hospital
- The admission room that you opted for
The minimum cost for Angioplasty in Gurgaon starts from Rs.75,000
An average cost for Angioplasty in Gurgaon is approximately Rs.1,50,000
The maximum cost for Angioplasty in Gurgaon is up to Rs.2,30,000
Is Angioplasty a major surgery or minor surgery?
Angioplasty is a major procedure as it involves inserting a catheter directly into the blood vessel.
Who can undergo Angioplasty?
Angioplasty may be recommended to the people who are:
- Suffering from severe atherosclerosis [the blockage of blood vessels]
- With severe chest pain during rest or stress
- Suffering from angina
- At the risk of developing heart disease
Who cannot undergo Angioplasty?
Angioplasty is not done in the individuals who are:
- Suffering from severe kidney disease
- With a known cause for heart disease and chest pain
- Currently on medications such as blood thinners and antiplatelets
What are the risks and complications involved in Angioplasty?
Risks and complications that are involved in Angioplasty are:
- Heart attack or stroke may occur
- Irregular heartbeats
- Damage to the artery or the heart muscle
- Bleeding at the site of catheter insertion
- Blood clot formation
How long does it take to complete Angioplasty?
It may take almost 30-60 minutes to complete the procedure and sometimes more time depending on the condition of the patient.
What is the recovery time for Angioplasty?
People who undergo Angioplasty with the placement of a stent may be able to walk after 6 hours of the procedure.