Angioplasty is a minimally invasive interventional radiology procedure in which imaging technologies are used to guide a catheter into an artery or vein to the point where it is narrow or blocked. The vessel is then enlarged with a balloon-tipped catheter.
How Children’s Hospital Boston approaches angioplasty
Angioplasty in children is different than in adults, because children have smaller and more delicate blood vessels. Our interventional radiologists, the doctors who perform the procedure, are highly trained in using the specialized techniques and small catheters necessary for angioplasty in children.
In addition to the interventional radiologist, your child will be treated by a team of anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, and technologists who specialize in caring for children who have undergone interventional radiology procedures and treatments.
We perform angioplasties in our suite on the second floor of the hospital, which features three procedure rooms equipped with the latest imaging technology, a recovery area for patients who have received sedation or anesthesia, and examining rooms for outpatient visits.