- Sioux Valley Hospital USD Medical Center is the first in the region to add a new excimer laser suite where physicians are performing Excimer Laser Angioplasty. Excimer Laser Angioplasty is one of several treatments for coronary artery disease and peripheral arterial disease. During the procedure, a narrow, flexible tube with the laser catheter is inserted into an artery in the arm or leg. The laser catheter contains a bundle of optical fibers which carry laser light. The laser catheter is then advanced to a blockage in a coronary artery or a peripheral artery (most often in the leg). After the laser catheter has been positioned, the laser is energized to ablate/vaporize blockages and restore blood flow.
The laser angioplasty technique has been used in the past; however, the new laser that Sioux Valley has added has high energy and improved catheter designs, making it much more efficient and successful than the older technology laser. The brief, minimally invasive procedure requires less recovery time than bypass surgery, and may provide patients an alternative to amputation.
- Sioux Valley Clinic - Heart Partners interventional cardiologists have also begun successfully a new stenting technique. The method called the Armored Guide Catheter System is used in patients with challenging coronary arteries where it is difficult or impossible to place stents or balloons using conventional methods. Dr. Adam Stys with Sioux Valley Clinic Heart Partners invented the technique which was developed thanks to combining the peripheral artery (i.e. example leg arteries) intervention techniques with coronary interventions which Heart Partners cardiologists both provide. The armored guide catheter system is simple, versatile and inexpensive.
Over last 5 years the field of interventional cardiology has witnessed an unparalleled growth when it comes to devices and techniques. Thanks to this growth, interventional cardiologists are able to fix many more blockages in the heart arteries than ever before, making their patients live better and longer. The heart disease is a leading cause of death in the USA, with coronary disease, that causes heart attacks, playing the major part in the statistics.