Press release submitted by Trinity Regional Health System|
New wrist procedure for angioplasty provides faster, easier recovery
The Trinity Heart Center is the first in the area to now offer radial artery catheterization – a procedure that uses the wrist rather than the groin area to access arteries for an angiogram.
"Radial artery catheterization offers both short-term as well as long-term advantages for patients," said Dr. Bouyella Reddy, the cardiologist who was the first to utilize the method at the Trinity Heart Center. "The wrist access approach results in reduced bruising, bleeding and complications compared to groin access. Most patients can sit up and walk immediately after the procedure and have a faster recovery period overall."
Angioplasty is a non-surgical medical procedure that is performed on more than 1 million people each year in the United States. Angioplasty is used to open arteries that have become blocked or narrowed by deposits of fat and cholesterol, or plaque. Angioplasty dramatically improves blood flow and can prevent the need for coronary artery bypass surgery. It can also be a life-saving procedure for patients who are having a heart attack.
Traditionally an angioplasty is performed by inserting a small flexible tube, or catheter, with a balloon on the end into a large blood vessel and threaded through the artery into or near the blockage. When the balloon is inflated, the blocked vessel is opened and proper blood flow is restored.
Benefits of the radial artery catheterization over the traditional method include shorter recovery time, lowered risk of complications due to excessive bleeding, improved patient comfort and satisfaction, the ability to sit up immediately after the procedure, same-day discharge for most patients and an alternative for those frightened by catheterization through the groin area.
The first time Roger Noble, 57, of Alpha, Ill., had an angiogram, he was off work for two-and-a-half weeks, had to stay overnight at the hospital and experienced pain and worry about bleeding.
The second time around doctors used the new radial catheterization procedure. He was home five hours after the procedure and was back to his usual routine in a few days.
But for Noble, the best benefit of the radial artery catheterization over the traditional angioplasty method was that he was able to ride his motorcycle again just a few days later.
"I would recommend the procedure to anyone," Noble said. "I didn't have any pain or bleeding, and I was home just a few hours later. It was like night and day."
For more information about the Trinity Heart Center, visit www.trinityqc.com.
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