What is a Directional Atherectomy?

Directional Atherectomy is a minimally invasive procedure to remove blockages from the arteries. The procedure is done with the use of a local anesthetic and the blockage is accessed through the femoral artery. Our surgeons at Greater Pittsburgh Vascular Associates are extremely skilled and will provide professional care.

Directional atherectomy works by using a special catheter designed for lesion cutting at the site of the blockage. A small balloon, which is attached the to catheter next to the cutter, is inflated to reveal lesion material to the cutter. The cutter then rotates to remove any arterial blockage.

At Greater Pittsburgh Vascular Associates, we offer state-of-the-art directional atherectomy procedures and technology. We utilize Covidien’s SilverHawk™ Plaque Excision System to provide our patients with the best results.

The procedure is minimally invasive and requires no general anesthesia. Only local anesthetic is used to numb the area where the physician is working. Patients are encouraged to walk immediately after the procedure and can resume normal activities the same day.