(Sioux Falls, SD)—A unique procedure performed by Adam Stys, MD of Sanford Clinic Heart Partners, was recently selected as case of the week by Transcatheter Cardiovascular Theraputics (TCT), the premier educational resource for the interventional cardiology and endovascular medicine community. Cases featured weekly with TCT are used by physicians nationally and internationally as an educational resource on the latest procedures, techniques and technology in cardiology. Based in New York, the organization is highly regarded by physicians in the cardiology community.
Dr. Stys’ featured case involved his ability to clear a severely calcified artery using the high powered excimer laser. This is a unique case because of the anatomical makeup of the patient and because the excimer laser is traditionally used for coronary artery disease and peripheral arterial disease.
Sanford USD Medical Center was the first in the region to add an 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.
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