What is a Laster Atherectomy?

Peripheral laser atherectomy is a procedure which begins with a catheter inserted into the blocked artery. The catheter is maneuvered until it reaches the blockage. Laser Atherectomy is a key treatment option in peripheral artery disease (PAD).

Procedure

The catheter is maneuvered until it reaches the blockage. Laser Atherectomy is a key treatment option in peripheral artery disease (PAD). The catheter then emits high energy light to unblock the artery. Laser energy is used to vaporize the blockage inside the vessel. At Greater Pittsburgh Vascular Associates, we utilize state-of-the-art excimer laser technology from The Spectranetics Corporation.

Results

The procedure results in increased blood flow in the previously blocked area.