Peripheral Arterial Disease Technology
Peripheral arterial disease or PAD afflicts about 5% of Australian over 50.
The disease typically causes leg pain and increases the risks of heart attack and stroke.
Remove Fatty Deposits
A new development allows surgeons to see inside blood vessels using a catheter’s laser camera. The catheter also can cut and remove fatty deposits.
This approach is safer than conventional methods of treating peripheral arterial disease.
A surgeon inserts the single-use catheter into a patient’s artery. A camera near the front of the device uses laser light to create video images with the help of a computer and monitor plugged into the device.
While viewing the monitor, the surgeon guides the catheter to a blocked area and manipulates the tool at its tip to remove plaque.