Peripheral Intervention in Fort Worth

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Arteries in your heart are not the only ones that can become blocked or narrowed. Peripheral intervention refers to any procedure that removes blood clots or plaque from the arteries in the legs, arms, neck or abdomen.

Peripheral Arterial Stenting

Peripheral stenting, or stenting in the legs, is used to treat peripheral artery disease, which is the buildup of fatty deposits and plaque that block the flow of blood through arteries in the lower extremities. The most common symptom is pain in the legs and cramping when walking.
Stenting is a much less invasive alternative to traditional bypass surgery. A small, metal-mesh tube is inserted via a catheter in the groin area, requiring only a tiny incision. The stent is then guided to the proper place and expanded to hold the blocked artery in an open position to allow proper blood flow and circulation.

  • SilverHawk Plaque Excision System, by FoxHollow Technologies
  • Diamondback 360° PAD System, by Cardiovascular Systems Inc. - for treatment of complete blockages of the peripheral arteries

Mechanical Thrombectomy

During mechanical thrombectomy, a device (called the AngioJet) is used to remove blood clots and plaque in the leg arteries. The AngioJet shoots jets of high-speed saline solution through a tiny opening in the tip of a catheter (a thin, hollow, flexible tube) to dissolve any clots and plaque, which are then vacuumed back through the catheter.

AngioJet® Ultra Thrombectomy System, by MEDRAD

This minimally invasive procedure may be done to remove plaque that is blocking arteries in the legs and other body extremities. Using the SilverHawk Plaque Excision System, a catheter is inserted through a small puncture in the leg.

The system uses a tiny rotating blade to shave away plaque from inside the targeted artery. The plaque collects in the tip of the device and is then removed from the patient. This is different than other methods of restoring blood flow, where the plaque is compressed against the vessel wall.