What is Atherectomy ?
It is a minimally invasive treatment procedure for people suffering from atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is the condition where the arteries get accumulated with a plaque material (generally fat and calcium build up) resulting in decreased blood flow through the vessels. In atherectomy, a thin catheter with a blade attached to its end is inserted into the arteries and the plaque is removed. This procedure is an alternative to angioplasty. Depending on the movement of the catheter inside the artery, the different
types of atherectomy are orbital, rotational, laser and directional. The plaque lining the artery will be shaved away by the blade or vaporized by laser technology, resulting in wider arteries.