Angioplasty is basically the technique of mechanically widening narrowed or obstructed arteries. An empty and collapsed balloon on a guide wire is passed into the narrowed locations and then inflated to a fixed size using water pressures some 75 to 500 times normal blood pressure. The balloon forces expansion of the inner white blood cell/clot plaque deposits and the surrounding muscular wall, opening up the blood vessel for improved blood flow, and the balloon is then deflated and withdrawn. A stent may or may not be inserted at the time of ballooning to ensure the vessel remains open. It is the quality of the stent which determines 50% of the price.
Angioplasty stents are available at a variety of costs starting from Rs.20,000 to 1 Lakh and above. Before the surgery, the patient will be given option to choose from different stent choices for eg: Rs.20,000 stent or Rs.50,000 or Rs.65,000. The total cost of the surgery depends on which stent you use. Other expenses such as fees for medicines, equipment and Doctor's fees will come around Rs.50,000.
In a nutshell, you will have to be ready with at least 1 Lakh rupees before going for the surgery. This amount is an average amount, it may vary according to the hospital standards. Make sure that you have good communication with your doctor, in most cases angioplasty can be avoided with some medication and exercise. I am not saying that you can get away all the time, you have a benchmark and if you are below it, you can try some alternative methods. That is why I said, communication with your doctor is very important.Angioplasty is not a major surgery and the patient can leave the hospital after 3-4 days.