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Does an atherectomy procedure have to be performed in a hospital? [Dr. Donikyan]

Q: Does an atherectomy procedure have to be performed in a hospital? 

A: Atherectomy procedures do not have to be performed in the hospital. We do them in our centers in an outpatient setting. We do use sedation as you would use for colonoscopy, similar to twilight anesthesia. The procedures take anywhere from 45-minutes to possibly two hours, depending on the extent of what we have to do. The recovery time is about an hour and a half afterward, sometimes a bit longer. It is a same-day procedure, we like to see atherectomy patients early in the morning so they can go home early in the afternoon. There’s no need to use the hospital for these procedures anymore.

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