Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)

Starting in 2016, the migration of outpatient cardiovascular procedures from hospitals to ASC’s started with pacemaker implants. In 2019 17 diagnostic cardiac catheter procedures were added to the list of ASC approved procedures, and now CMS has proposed adding six cardiac interventional procedures to the approved list for 2021. This growing list of approved procedures is changing the game for cardiovascular surgeons. The PCI market is estimated around 900,000 cases in the US., with Medicare payments over 10 billion annually. Orange County Surgical Center has the first fixed fluoroscopy in Orange County to allow cardiovascular surgeons to treat PCI in a state-of-the-art ASC. Featuring private pre and post-op bays, oversized OR’s, top of the line imaging, and much more, Orange County Surgical Center is the premier ASC for your cardiac patients.


How is PCI Treated

The facility is available for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures. PCI is what many people might know as angioplasty. It is a non-surgical procedure where the physician places a catheter, a thin, flexible tube, into blood vessels, usually in the groin area.

They thread the tube up to a blocked artery and use it to insert a stent to open up the blood vessel. The stent is a wire tent that expands the walls are the artery to improve blood flow. The procedure helps those experiencing chest pain (angina) due to poor blood flow.

The Orange County Surgery Center uses its state-of-the-art fixed C-arm system for PCI and other cardiac procedures. C-arm technology improves patient outcomes for minimally invasive procedures like PCI.

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