Atherectomy is a minimally invasive, catheter procedure that uses a sharp blade to remove plague buildup from blocked or narrowed arteries (known as atherosclerosis). It is an alternative to angioplasty for the treatment of peripheral artery disease.

Atherectomy Options at Valley

  • Directional atherectomy: performed with a special catheter that shaves off plaque and removes it when the device is withdrawn.
  • Rotational atherectomy: performed for patients in whom a blockage has been longstanding and heavily calcified. The procedure uses a rotoblader™ to open a channel for blood flow.

Why Choose Valley for Atherectomy?

  • Radial artery approach: For catheter procedures at Valley, our physicians insert a catheter into the radial artery in the wrist rather than the femoral artery in the groin. Using the radial artery minimizes the risk of bleeding, improves patient satisfaction and reduces recovery times. Our patients often go home the same day.  This technique is used in approximately 40 percent of our patients. 
  • Team approach to individualized plans: Through a collaborative, team-based approach, Valley’s cardiologists work with doctors of numerous specialties to share ideas; help patients select a plan of care that fits their goals; and deliver optimal care to each and every patient.