the repair of a blood vessel, as by inserting a balloon-tipped catheter to unclog it or by replacing part of the vessel with either a piece of the patient’s own tissue or a prosthetic device:
coronary angioplasty to widen an artery blocked by plaque.
a surgical technique for restoring normal blood flow through an artery narrowed or blocked by atherosclerosis, either by inserting a balloon into the narrowed section and inflating it or by using a laser beam

by 1976, from angio- + -plasty.

angioplasty an·gi·o·plas·ty (ān’jē-ə-plās’tē)

Surgical reconstruction of a blood vessel.

Balloon angioplasty.


The surgical repair of a blood vessel, such as an obstructed coronary artery, usually by inflating a small balloon at the end of a catheter.
angioplasty [(an-jee-uh-plas-tee)]

A surgical technique in which a catheter containing a small balloon is inserted into arteries around the heart. The balloon is inflated to compress deposits of fatty substances blocking the artery, thereby restoring the flow of blood.

Note: Also called balloon therapy.


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