Percutaneous Balloon Angioplasty

  • Access to the iliac stenosis is gained by passing a guide wire up through the stenosis from the femoral artery, using the seldinger technique, under local anaesthetic & sedation.
  • To be feasible the stenosis must be traversable by a guide wire & short, and there must be good run off. The proximal the stenosis the better the outcome.
  • With the guide-wire in place, a dedicated angioplasty balloon catheter is used to dilate the stenosis. A stent can then be deployed to prolong patency.