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Interventional Cardiology

PERCUTANEOUS CORONARY INTERVENTION

Percutaneous coronary intervention began on-site on 18/6/1986.  For several months preceeding this, Peter Leslie and Richard Thompson, accompanied by Wellington patients, had made trips to Dunedin to learn the technique from Drs Michael Ablett and Charles Illsley who already had considerable experience in the technique.
Until around 1994, numbers of percutaneous coronary angioplasties done were relatively low.  In 1994, David Smyth performed the first coronary stent placement and from 1996, such procedures rapidly increased in number.  Very soon, the number of PTCA's without stenting were relatively few.