Atherectomy, the removal of plaque from diseased vessels, is theoretically appealing with respect to various procedures used for revascularization of lower extremity vessels. Instead of damaging the native vessel by pushing aside plaque with a balloon or stent, the plaque is removed. Many atherectomy devices have been designed in attempts to achieve this goal. The SilverHawk device is the latest percutaneous device employing this treatment strategy. We discuss patient selection, technical considerations, and strategies for both above and below the knee revascularization, as well as pitfalls in each location based on our experience with over 200 patients.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine