Atherectomy for Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral artery disease (also called peripheral arterial disease) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs. Atherectomy uses a cutting device: a blade, or a whirling blade called a rotoblade, or a laser beam, to remove the plaque buildup from the artery wall.

What To Expect After Treatment

After the procedure, you will rest in bed for one to two hours, and you don’t have to stay overnight in the hospital. After you leave the hospital, you can most likely return to normal activities.

Why It Is Done

Atherectomy can open up an artery that has hard plaque and that might not open up with angioplasty alone.