Atherectomy Procedure

What is an atherectomy procedure?

Atherectomy is a minimally-invasive procedure performed to remove fatty plaque from an artery that is partially blocked. Plaque slowly builds-up in the arteries over time and affects them by making them thicker and narrower. This is known as atherosclerosis.

How safe is atherectomy?

Atherectomy usually has no complications, but as with any surgery, there is a risk of complications, such as embolization (the dislodgement of debris that blocks the arteries in the lower part of the leg) and perforation. These complications, however, are rare.

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