In the traditional approach to catheter-based cardiac procedures, the surgeon would insert the catheter through the femoral artery in the upper thigh and navigate it to the heart.
More recently, medical researchers have discovered that the catheter can be inserted through the arm (transradially), which offers several advantages over the femoral approach:
- The risk of bleeding and other complications is significantly lower.
- Most patients are able to get up and walk around shortly after the procedure (the femoral approach requires the patient to lie flat for 6 to 8 hours).
- Following the procedure, patients can wear a simple wrist compression device, compared to the often uncomfortable manual compression that the femoral approach requires.
- Patients require a shorter hospital stay and recover more quickly.
This complicated technique requires advanced levels of expertise, and the specialists of Methodist DeBakey Cardiology Associates are among a select class of surgeons who perform it.
To learn more about transradial cardiac catheterization or to find out if you might be a candidate, please call us at 713-441-1100 or 888-361-4375.
Learn about other catheter-based procedures:
- Radiofrequency Ablation
- Percutaneous Septal Defect Closure
- Balloon Valvuloplasty
- Alcohol Septal Ablation
For more information about Methodist DeBakey Cardiology Associates or to make an appointment, please call us at 713-441-1100 or 888-361-4375, or contact us online.