Is angioplasty a surgical procedure?Angioplasty is not considered a surgical procedure. It is much less traumatic than a bypass and you should not even think of it as surgery. Angioplasty is often used as the next step when lifestyle changes, or lifestyle changes plus medication, do not work. In medicaljargon this procedure is referred to as PTCA, or percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty.
Sometimes in the midst of an angiogram, if a major blockage in a coronary artery is found, an angioplasty may be performed at the same time while the catheter is already in place.