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Laser Angioplasty

Definition

In laser angioplasty, excimer laser catheters use laser energy in conjunction with angioplasty to open narrowed coronary blood vessels.

Description

Researchers believe laser angioplasty will eventually be used to control or relieve anginal symptoms, improve exercise tolerance, and prevent myocardial infarction in patients with coronary artery disease.

Questions

Is laser surgery the best treatment in this case?

If laser surgery is elected, when will it be performed? By whom?

What is the recovery time?

What are the complications of this procedure?

What is the post surgery care?

What medications will be given if any?