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could atherectomy open a totally occluded leg artery?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Not usually: If the artery has been blocked chronically, atherectomy is not helpful and, in fact, not technically possible.

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Is it possible that atherectomy open a totally occluded leg artery or just a leg artery that has narrowed considerably?

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100% Vs : If totally occluded (100% blocked) and it's chronic it can't be opened. If it's 99% blocked and a guide wire can be placed across the blockage, it may be possible to open the artery using angioplasty or atherectomy. If the vessel can't be approached or is too tortuous or peripheral intervention, it may be possible to bypass it with open surgery.

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