Cardiologists at Banner Estrella are now performing transradial catheterizations, a procedure that enables physicians to access the heart through the radial artery in the wrist, instead of through the femoral artery in the groin.
The transradial approach is the safer and more comfortable route for patients, if they are appropriate candidates. Patients that have the transradial approach often are back at work within 24 hours of the procedure.
Inserting the catheter through the wrist offers several advantages:
- zero risk of damaging nearby nerves and blood vessels
- shorter recovery time
- no risk of life threatening bleeding
- no risk of life for vascular complications
- no scarring
Advantages of Transradial Catheterization
After a femoral catheterization, patients typically must have pressure applied to the catheter-insertion site until the bleeding stops and lie still from four to eight hours. This can be troublesome for older patients who may have arthritis or back problems.
With the transradial procedure, bleeding is minimal and patients can immediately move off the procedure table independently. There is no need for groin checks, bedpans, urinals, or bed rest.
What is Catheterization?
Cardiac catheterization is a common test physicians use to diagnose and treat a variety of cardiovascular conditions. They have primarily been performed by inserting the catheter into the femoral artery in the groin. The catheter, a small tube, is then guided through the artery toward the heart, allowing doctors to locate and treat arterial build-up and blockages that may be hampering blood flow.
The transradial technique is the true minimally invasive approach to perform coronary and peripheral angiograms and interventions. Transradial catheterization is an elegant safer, cost-effective and patient friendly procedure with only a few limitations and very low complication rate.