• Under local anesthesia and through a tiny puncture in the groin area, a small balloon-tipped catheter is inserted into the affected artery and advanced to the site of the blockage.
  • The balloon is inflated to flatten the fatty deposits and widen the artery. Then a stent – a small, metal tube or “scaffold” – is inserted to keep the artery open.

For preparation instructions for this procedure, contact the Heart Center at Fairview Park Hospital.