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Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used to restore blood flow to arteries and veins that are blocked by a buildup of plaque. When the blockage occurs in blood vessels of the body not related to the heart it is referred to as peripheral artery disease and an angioplasty procedure may be recommended by one of our specialists in vascular surgery at UF Health Surgery Jacksonville.

When an artery of the heart is blocked as a result of coronary heart disease, the procedure is called a coronary angioplasty.

Angioplasty: What you need to know

  • Through small incisions, the surgeon threads a tiny catheter to the location of the blockage and expands an attached balloon, which helps to open up the artery or vein.
  • Once the balloon is removed, the surgeon may insert a metal mesh tube, or stent, to keep the artery open and allow proper blood flow.
  • Angioplasty does not cure peripheral artery disease. To prevent future problems, your physician may prescribe medication and recommend eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.
  • Angioplasty is a safe procedure that may only require one overnight stay in the hospital. You will most likely be able to return to your normal activities after a week.

Why choose UF Health Jacksonville?

UF Health Surgery Jacksonville has a renowned team of University of Florida surgeons with a success rate among the highest in the nation. You can rely on their expertise — developed by years of experience performing complicated surgeries — to offer you the best chance to restore your health and quality of life.

As a part of a leading academic medical institution, our surgical team can also offer you the most advanced research-based treatments for the best possible outcomes.

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