Percutaneous Coronary Revascularization

What is Percutaneous Coronary Revascularization?

Coronary revascularization is the process of restoring the flow of blood to the heart. This is done by removing or bypassing (going around) blockages in coronary arteries caused by atherosclerosis. The word percutaneous means the procedure is performed through the skin, rather than through an open surgical procedure. Percutaneous coronary revascularization procedures are performed through a catheter (a thin, flexible tube) that is threaded through a blood vessel.

What are the Different Procedures for Percutaneous Coronary Revascularization?

Different types of percutaneous coronary revascularization include:

How are Percutaneous Coronary Revascularization Procedures Performed?

You'll remain awake during your percutaneous coronary revascularization procedure. You'll receive medication to help you relax and also medication to thin your blood. The area where the catheter will be inserted " usually the groin area " will be numbed. A small incision will be made and a thin guide wire will be inserted and threaded through the artery to the blockage. A catheter will be passed over the guide wire. Then, a coronary revascularization procedure will be performed through the catheter.
When the coronary revascularization procedure is complete, the catheter will be removed. You'll probably need to stay in the hospital for a day or so while your heart is monitored.

Why Choose Stanford Hospital for Percutaneous Coronary Revascularization?

Stanford Interventional Cardiology is a world leader in percutaneous coronary revascularization. Each year, our team of interventional cardiologists performs more than 800 balloon angioplasties. Stanford's interventional cardiologists are highly skilled with complex angioplasties that require physical removal of plaque. Dr. Simon Stertzer, Stanford's Director of Experimental Angioplasty, performed the first rotational atherectomy in the world.

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