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What is an Angioplasty?

Angioplasty is the most common heart surgery performed for patients over 60 years old but there are plenty of young patients that require the surgery. The procedure is performed in our cath lab ( cardiac catheterization laboratory ) by our heart specialist Dr Delgado and his team. The purpose of the procedure is to open blocked heart arteries that can cause heart failure, fatigue, strokes, or death if not treated in a timely manner.  

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How is angioplasty performed? 

The procedure is performed with local anesthesia and mediactions for relaxation during surgery. Our doctors must first perform  cardiac catheterization followed by numbing the site where the catheter will be inserted. It is typical to insert the catheter in the groin area or in your arm. The catheter is passed via a thin plastic tube, guided to the blood vessels where finally it will reach the arteries surrounding the heart.  Once it reaches the heart,  a medical contrast material is injected and  photographed with an X-ray while it is moving through the chambers of the major vessels and valves.  This process will notify our team if the heart valves are working properly or if you have narrow coronary arteries.  It is here when the decision to perform angioplasty takes place. If the decision is to proceed with an interventional procedure to solve the issue,  there can be several interventions that we can perform but this will depend on what our team see during the surgery. The most common is with artery  ballon and stent  that take placement in order to accomplish successful results. The angioplasty ballon, is a specially designed catheter with a small ballon  that assists in inflating the artery wall to increase blood flow to the heart. A small metal tube called a stent supports this arterial widening permanently inside the coronary. Once the stent is placed, the ballon is removed completely. During the first week, the artery will heal around the stent. The stents purpose is to permanently keep the artery open therefore reducing the possibility that an artery blockage can take place.  Once the stent is successfully placed and everything is clear, the procedure is complete. Another intervention could be one called Atherectomy, which consists of a hollow cylinder on the tip with an open window on one side and a balloon on the other. Once the catheter is inserted into the narrow artery, the ballon is inflated, pushing the window against the fatty matter only to shave off the blocking areas. Once the surgery is complete  you will recover in the recovery room for several hours prior to proceeding to your private hospital room for 24 hours of survailence.



Day 1-
Arrival in airport or designated location. Transportation to hospital for Pre-Op testing. Pre Op testing include blood work, EKG, Chest Xray, Electrocardiogram and urinalysis.  The consultation will take place after all pre-op tests are performed. Patient will spend night in hospital

Day 2- Surgery day, recovery in hospital  

Day 3- Post-Op consultation, patient eligible to go back home or hotel. Transportation  provided back to airport if necessary.

Next Steps

1. Complete your Medical Questionaire Form that has been sent to you after requesting a quote

2.  If you have medical images or reports, please upload them or send them so we can start reviewing your case

3. Please discuss with your Case Manager any particular questions or concerns you have.

4. Your case manager will discuss with your surgeon your particular case and if necessary will coordinate a conference consultation to go over your case.

5. If you are taking any medications, please be sure to let us know

6.  Once we approve your case, we can start planning your itinerary and travel with us

7.  If you need a letter from us to your employer, let us know so we can provide one for time off work related duties.


After Surgery

Depending on the type of insertion that was done for the catheter ( through the groin or arm ), you will either have to lay down  flat on the bed ( if through the groin ) or sit up straight ( if through the arm ). You will have to stay away from food and liquids for at least the next 8 hours post surgery. It is normal to feel a bit weak and dizzy after surgery but our nursing staff will help you through the process. If a stent was placed during angioplasty procedure, you will be required to take a medication to reduce the possibility of a blood cloth. You should not excersise after angioplasty surgery for the first week but you must gradually increase your physical activities. You should be able to go back to your normal activities after several weeks post surgery.  



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