Femoral angioplasty - Definition

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Femoral angioplasty takes place under local anesthetic and consists of introducing a catheter in the femoral artery to repair or restructure the blood vessel. Once the catheter is in place, a contrast agent, often iodine in the absence of an allergy, can be injected into the patient. Iodine highlights the network of vessels, including the small vessels, and permits the precise localization of the contracted area. The inflation of a small balloon in the artery, and the placement of a permanent device called a stenosis permits the enlargement of the artery and serves to re-establish the adequate circulation of blood and to relieve the symptoms that are affecting the patient.