Avinger Wildcat Catheter Sees First Michigan Use
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared catheterization tool, known as the Avinger Wildcat Catheter, uses the automated tip rotation produced by a compatible hand-held motor (the Avinger Juicebox) to open up the artery and painlessly removes the plaque buildup which causes peripheral artery disease (PAD). The tip of the drill is inserted through the catheter directly into the affected artery via a tiny skin incision.
Because the technique doesn't involve any surgery, most patients are spared the pain, risk of infection and extended healing time that usually result from a surgical operation.
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