Atherectomy

What is it?

An atherectomy is a minimally invasive treatment used to remove fatty deposits (plaque) from the arteries, thus eliminating blockage and improving blood flow.  This is done by inserting a catheter into an artery in the arm or leg and, guided by X-ray technology, cutting and suctioning the soft plaque from the affected area.

Rotablation is a procedure performed on plaque that has hardened and become calcified.  An olive-shaped, diamond-tipped burr, called a rotational atherectomy catheter, is rotated at a high speed within the artery and pulverizes the plaque into small particles that are then washed away by the bloodstream and filtered out of the body by the liver and spleen.

These techniques are effective for atherosclerosis and are commonly used for peripheral arterial disease in the lower extremities. Our expert team of cardiologists and peripheral vascular surgeons are trained in evaluating, diagnosing and treating patients with varying degrees of atherosclerosis and can tailor the best treatment plan for patients.

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