What is an atherectomy procedure? [Dr. Donikyan]

Q: What is an atherectomy procedure?

A: An atherectomy procedure is performed when we identify there is an area of narrowing or obstruction in the artery in your leg due to plaque that has developed. The term atherectomy describes the action of going in to actually remove that plaque. There are lasers that we can use, or there’s an orbital device that spins around and shaves down the plaque. The procedure debulks the plaque. If we later use an angioplasty balloon, our results are much better. The result of the atherectomy procedure is a wider channel that reopens the areas that are blocked or narrowed.

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