Angioplasty & Stent Placement Specialist

Vascular Institute of Arizona

Praveen C Balraj, MD, FACS

Vascular and Endovascular Surgery located in Queen Creek, AZ & Mesa, AZ

Narrowing of your arteries can affect the delivery of oxygen-rich blood to the tissues and organs in your body. At the Vascular Institute of Arizona, skilled vascular surgeon Praveen Balraj, MD, FACS, RPVI, performs in-office and complex in-hospital angioplasty & stent placement procedures to treat peripheral artery disease. To schedule a surgical consultation, call the office in Queen Creek, Arizona, today or book an appointment online.

Angioplasty & Stent Placement Q&A

What is peripheral artery disease?

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries, limiting the delivery of oxygen-rich blood to your extremities (arms, legs, hands, and feet). The narrowing is most often caused by a buildup of plaque along the blood vessel wall.

PAD can affect any peripheral artery, but the narrowing most often shows up in the blood vessels in the legs. Crampy leg pain when walking or climbing stairs that goes away when you rest your legs — a condition called claudication — is the most common symptom of PAD.

Though treatment for PAD varies, severe narrowing of the blood vessels usually requires surgery, like angioplasty and stent placement.

Dr. Balraj is an experienced and well-respected vascular surgeon specializing in in-office and complex in-hospital angioplasty and stent placement procedures for patients with PAD.

What is an angioplasty and stent placement?

An angioplasty and stent placement is a two-step surgical procedure that opens up a narrowed blood vessel.

During the procedure, Dr. Balraj inserts a catheter into a blood vessel in your leg near the site of the narrowing. He advances the catheter and inflates a balloon, which opens the blood vessel to improve your circulation.

Dr. Balraj then places a surgical mesh — a stent — to keep the blood vessel open.

Am I a candidate for angioplasty and stent placement?

Taking a patient-centered approach to care, Dr. Balraj does a thorough evaluation when you come in with concerns about PAD to determine the best treatment for you.

He’ll consider you a candidate for angioplasty and stent placement if you show symptoms of claudication.

Dr. Balraj also provides surgical care for patients with a history of failed endovascular surgeries. The board-certified vascular surgeon has advanced training in salvaging previous peripheral artery bypass surgeries.

He is the only vascular surgeon in the community providing this re-do surgery.

What happens during angioplasty and stent placement?

The details of your angioplasty and stent placement depend on how severe the blood vessel narrowing is and your medical history. Dr. Balraj is a skilled vascular surgeon and does both in-office and hospital-based procedures.

He reviews the specifics of your angioplasty and stent placement at your pre-surgical appointment so that you know what to expect.

Whether done in the office or in a hospital, you can expect some downtime following your procedure.

Call the Vascular Institute of Arizona today to schedule your angioplasty and stent placement consultation, or use the online booking tool.