Radial-First Catheterization Lab

Providence Medford Medical Center routinely offers an advanced cardiac catheterization procedure known as radial artery catheterization, only available at roughly 10 percent of U.S. hospitals. In the past, the femoral artery was a logical choice for catheterization because its large size could accommodate various sizes of catheters, balloons and stents. However, modern equipment has become smaller and less invasive. Radial catheterization provides an innovative approach by inserting the catheter through the radial artery in the wrist. It is a more challenging procedure that requires significant training, increased precision and state-of-the-art technology. Radial artery catheterization is considered the top choice for faster recovery, immediate mobility, fewer complications from bleeding, less stress and reduced discomfort.