CIS is First in State to Use New, Longer Drug-Coated Balloon

OPELOUSAS- Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) is the first in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi to use the new, 250mm-length IN.PACT Admiral Drug-Coated Balloon (DCB) to treat long superficial femoral artery (SFA) lesions in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD).  CIS interventional cardiologist Dr. Kalyan Veerina performed the first procedure in the catheterization laboratory at Opelousas General Health System on August 23.

While this drug-coated balloon technology is not new, this new and longer 250mm balloon manufactured by Medtronic covers the area of two or three standard balloons.  Utilizing one balloon decreases the procedure time as well as fluoroscopy time, lowering the radiation exposure for patients.  It also incurs less cost, as it uses one balloon as opposed to multiple. 

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“This new device allows us to treat larger, more complex lesions in the legs with one balloon and one intervention,” explained Dr. Veerina.  “CIS and Opelousas General are proud to offer this new device to our patients needing treatment of complex lesions due to peripheral artery disease.”

To schedule an appointment with a CIS cardiologist in Opelousas, call 337-942-3006.

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