Display Mode:

    Main content

    Health Information

    Types of atherectomy for a coronary artery

    Types of atherectomy for a coronary artery

    Option 1

    Directional atherectomy device removing plaque
    slide 1 of 3
        
    slide 1 of 3, Option 1,

    A directional atherectomy device cuts away plaque, which is then collected in the tip of the device.

    Option 2

    Rotational cutting device removing plaque
    slide 2 of 3
        
    slide 2 of 3, Option 2,

    A rotational cutting device spins at a high speed and pulverizes plaque, which is then safely washed away in your bloodstream.

    Option 3

    Transluminal extraction device removing plaque
    slide 3 of 3
        
    slide 3 of 3, Option 3,

    A transluminal extraction device cuts away plaque using tiny rotating blades. The loose plaque is sucked into a tube through a vacuum.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
    Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
    Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine

    Current as ofOctober 1, 2015

    Current as of: October 1, 2015

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine

    This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated, disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. Learn how we develop our content.

    © 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.