Peripheral artery disease is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the lower limbs (legs).
Peripheral angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure. During this procedure, a catheter is inserted into a blood vessel in the upper thigh (groin). Using high-resolution fluoroscopic (X-ray) video and film equipment, the catheter is guided through to the peripheral artery that is being treated. Once the catheter is in place the balloon is inflated leading to widening of the narrowed peripheral artery.