Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that opens up narrowed or blocked arteries. Therefore, many wonder when they can travel by air or car. Let’s find out!
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Can You Travel After Angioplasty for Peripheral Artery
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Tuesday, February 1, 2022
If you have recently undergone angioplasty or know you need to get one, you may be
wondering if you can travel after angioplasty. An angioplasty is a minimally invasive
treatment for peripheral artery disease, or PAD. This condition occurs when the arteries
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leading to the lower extremities are narrowed due to plaque buildup.
At USA Vascular Centers, our doctors specialize in performing angioplasties and other
non-surgical PAD treatments. Your care team will guide you through your procedure and
give you personalized tips for travel, but this guide can give you an idea of what to
expect. Schedule a consultation with one of our vascular specialists for more
information about whether an angioplasty may be right for you.
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Angioplasty Stent Procedure
When it comes to treating blockages in the peripheral arteries, there are two main
types of angioplasty: balloon and stent. Despite having two separate names, the stent
placement is an extension of balloon angioplasty rather than a different procedure.
In an angioplasty, a vascular doctor guides a balloon-tipped catheter through a small
incision in the arm, leg, or groin and into the affected artery. For a balloon angioplasty,
the balloon is inflated when it reaches a clogged area, compressing the plaque and
widening the artery. This allows blood to flow more freely through the previously
narrowed area. A stent angioplasty involves the added step of placing a mesh stent
inside the blocked area to keep it propped open.
Because it is a minimally invasive procedure, angioplasty typically takes our doct