What is Balloon Angioplasty?
Balloon angioplasty is a commonly performed, less invasive treatment for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) which narrows blood vessels to the arms and/or legs, leading to pain on walking and in some cases, can lead to pain at rest or non-healing wounds.
What is Stent Treatment?
Stents are small, expandable mesh tubes made from medical grade alloys such as stainless steel or nitinol that maintain expansion via a “scaffolding” effect on treated arteries and veins.
There are many different types of stents available, selection of which depends on the size of blood vessel treated, as well as the extent of narrowings or blockages encountered during the angiogram.
Stents remain permanently after the procedure, and usually require ongoing surveillance (checks) via ultrasound scans to look for re-narrowing.
After the stent insertion, blood thinning medications are usually required and depends on the size, number and location the stents are placed.
Is Balloon Angioplasty or Stent better?
There is considerable research and evidence to point towards the use of balloon angioplasty and stent treatments.
However, which method is superior depends on the type of blood vessel being treated, the severity of the narrowings and blockage and even on the type of balloon or stent chosen.
Every condition and patient is different, and Dr Wu endeavours to discuss and explain this to each patient prior to the procedure.
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