CIS is First in the State to Use New Device to Treat PAD

LAFAYETTE—Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) is the first in the state, and tenth in the world, to utilize the Diamondback 360® Extended Length Peripheral Orbital Atherectomy Device (OAD) from Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI®) to treat patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD).  Dr. Ankur Lodha, CIS interventional cardiologist, was the first to use the device on February 26 at Lafayette General Health.


PAD affects as many as 20 million Americans and is a circulatory condition in which narrowed and hardened blood vessels reduce blood flow to the limbs and, if left untreated, could lead to limb amputation.  PAD can be treated by atherectomy, a minimally-invasive procedure to open blocked arteries followed by a balloon angioplasty or stent placement to restore blood flow.  Going one step further, this new and innovative technology gives physicians an alternative access point in which the artery can be reached by going through the wrist, rather than the groin.

“This new, extended-length technology is a huge win for patients,” explained Dr. Lodha.  “Using this wrist technique is less invasive, which means it results in less bleeding, lower risk of complications, and more importantly, faster recovery and a shorter hospital stay for our patients.”

To learn more about CIS or Dr. Lodha, call 337-289-8429 or visit

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