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Laser-assisted balloon angioplasty

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Laser-assisted balloon angioplasty

(Science: cardiology, procedure) techniques using laser energy in combination with a balloon catheter to perform angioplasty.

These procedures can take several forms including:

1. Laser fibre delivering the energy while the inflated balloon centres the fibre and occludes the blood flow.

2. Balloon angioplasty immediately following laser angioplasty.

3. Laser energy transmitted through angioplasty balloons that contain an internal fibre.