In catheter-based procedures, a surgeon can perform various different repairs to the heart and its surrounding arteries without opening up the chest.
- First, a thin, flexible tube called a catheter is inserted into an artery (either in the arm or in the groin) and navigated to your heart through your blood vessels.
- The surgeon is then able to thread tiny tools through the catheter to the location where the procedure is needed.
At Methodist DeBakey Cardiology Associates, our surgeons are leading the field in using catheterization for heart treatments, including:
- Transradial Catheterization
- Radiofrequency Ablation
- Percutaneous Septal Defect Closure
- Balloon Valvuloplasty
- Alcohol Septal Ablation
For many catheter-based procedures, patients at Methodist DeBakey Cardiology Associates have the option of a transradial approach, in which the catheter is inserted through an artery in the arm instead of in the leg. This leading-edge technique offers numerous advantages, including reduced bleeding, fewer complications and a better overall patient experience. Learn more about transradial catheterization.
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