During atherectomy, plaque is removed from the arteries with a laser or mechanical device.
Also Known As:
- Plaque surgery
- Arterial surgery
- Artery plaque surgery
Conditions Treated with Atherectomy:
Atherectomy is utilized in order to treat atherosclerosis, peripheral artery disease and coronary artery disease.
Non-surgical alternatives to atherectomy include weight loss, dietary changes, lifestyle changes, blood thinner medication, blood pressure medication and vasodilator medication. Coronary angioplasty and coronary artery bypass are surgical alternatives to the procedure.
Anesthesia with Atherectomy:
Atherectomy is performed with sedation.
Potential Complications from Atherectomy:
Possible risks following atherectomy include infection, bleeding, blood clots and damage to arteritis. A heart attack and emergency coronary artery bypass are also possible.
Prognosis after Atherectomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following atherectomy is good. In some cases, atherosclerosis returns within a year, however.
Recovery from Atherectomy:
The recovery from atherectomy takes one to two days.