After the admission procedures on the ward, a nurse will accompany you to the X-Ray Department.
The radiology nurse will discuss basic details of the procedure with you and the interventional radiologist will answer any further questions you may have.
You will be transferred onto the X-ray table, generally flat on your back.
The radiologist may place a small needle in a vein in your arm, if sedation is required.
We will monitor your blood pressure, heart rate and pulse.
After the radiologist has checked the pulses in your groin, the nurse will clean the skin in this area with antiseptic fluid and cover the rest of your body with a drape.
Local anaesthetic will be injected into the tissues around the artery and when the skin in this area is completely 'numb', a needle will be inserted into the artery through a tiny nick in the skin.
A guide wire is passed through this needle and the needle is then removed.
The catheter can then be threaded over the wire into the artery and guided into the blocked segment of artery using the X-ray images as a 'road map'.
The small balloon on the catheter is then inflated when it has reached the middle of the narrowing