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About Therapies for Peripheral Arterial Disease

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

Balloon angioplasty and stenting are the two most common ways to open blocked arteries in PAD without open surgery. Percutaneous (through the skin) transluminal angioplasty (PTA) balloons come in various sizes, lengths and shapes, depending on the anatomy they're intended to treat. Stents are small, expandable metal mesh tubes that hold arteries open. Both of these minimally invasive Medtronic options can help you get back to your active life.

What Is It?

Whether the treatment is drug-coated balloon angioplasty, plain old balloon angioplasty, or stenting, the goal of peripheral arterial disease treatment is to restore blood flow in a clogged artery. All of these methods require specialized procedures and devices to accomplish this goal.

Drug-Coated Balloon

Your doctor will choose a drug-coated balloon that best meets your needs. A drug-coated balloon prevents restenosis of a vessel, and is distinguished by superior safety and effectiveness as compared to conventional plain old balloon angioplasty.*

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*IN.PACT SFA Trial, Data on file with Medtronic, Inc.

PTA Balloons

Your doctor will choose an angioplasty balloon that best meets your needs. Several different angioplasty balloons with differentiating features to address a wide range of anatomical considerations are available. Your doctor will determine the right type that best suit your needs.

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Peripheral Stents

Your doctor will choose a stent that best meets your individual needs. ABalloon expandable or self-expandable stents may be used. A stent is a small, expandable, mesh-like tube that supports the artery and helps to keep it open.

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Benefits and Risks

As with any surgical procedure, endovascular repair has potential benefits and risks. It is important that you talk to your doctor to understand the potential benefits and risks if you are considering treatment for peripheral arterial disease.



Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.