This unique device uses a tiny rotating blade the size of a grain of rice to shave away large quantities of plaque from inside the artery. As it is excised, the plaque collects in the tip of the device and then is removed from the patient.
Before the arrival of plaque excision, treatments for PVD included angioplasty, stenting and open bypass surgery, an invasive procedure which requires creating a large incision and involves a hospital stay. Both angioplasty and stenting clear a channel in the artery for blood flow by pushing plaque up against the artery walls. However, patients often return within six months to have the procedure repeated because plaque has crept back into the artery and blocked it again.
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Some of my patients cannot walk half a block without feeling severe cramping in their legs, commented Dr. Tom Stys, Interventional Cardiologist with Sioux Valley Clinic Heart Partners. This device provides great relief to those patients and has improved their quality of life immensely.
PVD affects nearly 12 million people in the
If left untreated, PVD ultimately can lead to amputations. Last year alone, over 150,000 amputations were performed in the
Those at risk of developing PVD include patients with high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. Other contributing factors include obesity, smoking and an inactive lifestyle. Screening for peripheral vascular disease is simple and painless so consult with your physician to find out if you are at risk.
Using this procedure, we can remove large quantities of plaque entirely instead of simply compressing it against the vessel wall and hoping it wont come back, said Dr. Stys. Cleaning out the arteries effectively gives a patients legs a second chance.
About the SilverHawk System
The SilverHawk System was developed by FoxHollow Technologies, a medical device company located in