A peripheral artery atherectomy is a minimally invasive procedure. That means it’s not surgery. It’s used to remove what’s called plaque that builds up in arteries. This material reduces blood flow to the muscles in the area.
PAD and Cramping
Reduced blood flow to muscles causes what’s called claudication. Claudication is pain and cramping that occurs with activity. Peripheral artery atherectomy removes artery-blocking fatty material from the body. The result is better blood flow and symptom relief.
Regain Your Active Lifestyle
If you have mild to moderate claudication, treatment can allow you to resume activities you enjoy, like golfing, shopping, or hiking. If you have serious claudication, treatment can improve the health of your legs. This can reduce the risk of amputation.
How a Peripheral Artery Atherectomy is Performed
A peripheral artery atherectomy takes approximately an hour. The procedure is followed by 2-4 hours of monitoring. It is an outpatient treatment. That means you leave after the recovery period and can spend the night in the comfort of your own home.
The procedure is done under what’s called conscious sedation. You’re awake and breathing on your own, but relaxed and feeling no pain. The doctor makes a small hold in an artery. Then they insert a thin tube called a catheter. It is moved to the area of the plaque buildup. Then different tools and methods are used to gently remove the plaque.
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