Regional experts in the removal of plaque from the arteries
Expert Heart & Vascular Care
Getting the care you need starts with seeing one of our heart or vascular specialists.
Atherectomy is a minimally invasive procedure we use to open arteries blocked with plaque, which is made up of cholesterol, calcium and fatty substances.
The experts in our Interventional Cardiology Program staff cardiac catheterization labs 24/7, meaning you can get treatment close to home at any time. We’re one of the region’s highest-volume centers for atherectomy, and we continually research and develop new techniques in plaque removal.
What to expect during an atherectomy
This procedure is done in the hospital. We’ll give you medicine to help you relax, but you’ll be awake during the procedure. Depending on which of your arteries is blocked, your doctor will make a small incision in a blood vessel in your arm or groin and insert a thin, flexible tube called a catheter. The catheter will have a cutting tool attached to it.
Your doctor will thread the catheter to the blocked artery and use the cutting tool to remove or destroy the blockage. The procedure takes about an hour, and you’ll likely need to stay in the hospital overnight for observation. You should be able to resume your normal activities, including exercise and driving, after a few days.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) occurs when blood flow to the arms and legs is reduced due to narrowed or blocked arteries.
An angiogram is a special X-ray taken as a special dye is injected through a thin, flexible tube called a catheter to detect blockages or aneurysms in blood vessels.
Arterial duplex ultrasound uses Doppler and traditional ultrasound to assess blood flow in the arteries of your arms and legs.