A 44-year-old member asked:
what is the benefit of an atherectomy over an angioplasty?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Kevin Nolan answered
34 years experience Vascular Surgery
Atherectomy v balloo: typically blocked arteries can be opened more widely by inflating a balloon inside the vessel. The balloon is then deflated and removed from the vessels. At times, heavy calcium makes the arteries so hard they won't open w/ the balloon. Some of those lesions can be addressed w/ Atherectomy, a device that shaves the plaque down creating a more wide flow channel.
Answered on Dec 18, 2014
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