WHAT IS PERIPHERAL ANGIOPLASTY
A peripheral angioplasty is a procedure that involves using a balloon catheter to open the blocked artery from the inside.
A stent is generally placed in the artery after angioplasty to help keep it open.
Our interventional cardiologists are trained in alternative sites of arterial access to help ensure success of intervention such as pedal/popliteal and brachial approach (insertion of catheter into the foot, behind the knee or arm arteries).
WHAT IS AN ATHERECTOMY
An atherectomy is a procedure that utilizes a catheter with a sharp blade on the end to remove plaque from a blood vessel.
The catheter is designed to collect the removed plaque in a chamber in the tip, which allows removal of the plaque as the device is removed from the artery.
The process can be repeated at the time the treatment is performed to remove a significant amount of disease from the artery, thus eliminating a blockage from atherosclerotic disease.