CIS Uses New Approach to Treat Peripheral Disease from the Wrist

HOUMA- Interventional cardiologists at Cardiovascular Institute of the South are performing radial-to-peripheral interventional procedures for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). 

A radial peripheral procedure allows the physician to intervene on a blockage in the leg through access from the radial artery in the left wrist.  This groundbreaking technique dramatically reduces bleeding and other complications while increasing patient comfort post-procedure.  It also allows patients to go home just a couple of hours after the procedure. 

“This is the final frontier in access for peripheral intervention,” said Dr. Ankur Lodha, who performs the procedure in Lafayette.  “Imagine the patient satisfaction and increased comfort because they can go home an hour after the procedure.  And while waiting, they can sit, relax, drink coffee and check their email—rather than having to lie down.”

Dr. David Homan, interventional cardiologist at CIS in Opelousas, said, “The more tools we have to treat peripheral arterial disease, the better.  Utilizing the radial artery for treatment of PAD, similar to how I generally treat coronary artery disease, is a great way to provide safe and successful treatment to the right patients.”

“It’s amazing to be able to go from the wrist all the way down to the lower leg and open blockages,” said Dr. Satish Gadi, CIS interventional cardiologist in Baton Rouge.  “With this new technology, patients can literally walk off the operating bed, and it is incredible from a patient safety and satisfaction standpoint.”

CIS utilizes the Diamondback 360® Extended Length Peripheral Orbital Atherectomy Device (OAD) from Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI®) to treat patients with PAD.  This disease 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.

To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call the clinic nearest you.

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