FARMINGTON, Conn.--()--ORLive, BroadcastMed’s premiere surgical broadcasting website, is highlighting a live vascular disease event from Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Peripheral vascular disease affects blood vessels, critical arteries and circulation throughout the body. Caused by a buildup of fatty material, if left untreated, vascular disease can result in disability, amputation or even death.
Interventional radiologists at Halifax Health specialize in minimally invasive treatment options to remove the buildup of plaque in the arteries and restore circulation. For this live broadcast, viewers are invited to join and submit questions as interventional radiologists Scott Klioze and John Tonkin perform an atherectomy. “Atherectomy is a technique whereby you place a small catheter inside the blood vessel to an area where there is disease that’s typically narrowing the lumina vessel. And the atherectomy procedure removes the disease from the inside of the vessel to establish a normal flow channel so the blood flow is improved to the distal circulation,” says interventional radiologist John Tonkin. Since an atherectomy is performed through a tiny incision, patients usually go home the same day as the procedure and see improvements shortly thereafter.
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