A transradial procedure is a catheterization method using an artery in the arm. It offers several advantages over the femoral approach (through an artery in the thigh). For many patients this process has advantages over the traditional approach, including the following:
- Shorter hospital stay
- More rapid recovery
- Lower risk of bleeding and other complications
Most patients are able to get up and walk around shortly after the procedure wearing a simple wrist compression device, whereas the femoral approach requires the patient to lie flat for six to eight hours and requires a manual compression that is often found to be uncomfortable.
The traditional approach to catheter-based cardiac procedures treating arterial diseases, such as coronary artery disease and peripheral artery disease , is not as technically demanding as the radial approach. Our specialists at Houston Methodist are among a select class of cardiologists who have the technical skills and expertise to perform this transradial catheterization procedure, which provides improved care for patients.
Houston Methodist provides transradial catheterization at the following convenient locations: