HOUMA— Dr. Pradeep Nair, interventional cardiologist at Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS), is the first in the southeastern U.S. to utilize the Tack Endovascular System, a first-of-its kind implant used to repair dissections following balloon angioplasty to treat patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) above the knee.
Balloon angioplasty, also referred to as percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA), is a minimally-invasive and effective treatment for PAD. During this treatment, there is a risk that the artery wall will become damaged or torn. These tears are called dissections, and they occur frequently yet are often overlooked, undiagnosed or untreated. Dissections can lead to clotting and blood flow obstruction, lowering the likelihood that the vessel will remain open and increasing the risk that a repeat procedure will become necessary. Made to repair dissections and leave behind less metal, the Tack® implant is uniquely designed to preserve the vessel, minimize inflammation and enhance blood flow.
“With the Tack Endovascular System, balloon angioplasty results are improved,” said Dr. Pradeep Nair. “This innovative therapy has been proven to safely and effectively repair dissections, meaning less risk of complications for the patient going forward.”