Severe blockages in the arteries can now be treated at Mediclinic using innovative technology that minimises risks and gives better results
20 September 2020| Last updated on 24 September 2020
A new technique to clear hardened calcified blockage in arteries has been introduced at Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital in Abu Dhabi
Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital has recently acquired a new and innovative technology used to treat severely blocked and hardened arteries in the cardiovascular system, while ensuring the optimal safety for patients.
The unique technology uses an ultrasound guided catheter to reach the affected calcified lesions while an integrated balloon is expanded within the artery. The balloon technology utilised in this minimally invasive treatment plays an important role in the procedure.
The electricity released causes the liquid within the balloon to vaporise and act as sonic pressure waves that travel through the soft tissue to micro fragment the calcium inside the blocked arteries.
Once the hardened parts break down and are pushed to the sides, stents are placed to dilate the arteries which in turn, will help improve blood flow.
Dr. Abdul Rahman Maher, Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon at Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital, said: “This unique technology has been adapted from kidney stones treatment and offers favourable clinical outcomes to patients suffering from severe blockages in the arteries, specifically when treating certain arteries that are located in high risk areas such as the hips.”
This new technology which has been developed to simplify complex procedures, offers a host of benefits and advantages over traditional open surgery and other minimally invasive procedures.
"Amongst the most important benefits of this technology is less trauma to the surrounding tissue and vessels, higher dilation success rates in blocked arteries, helps reduce possible complications and shorter hospital stay," he added.
“We have successfully treated a number of senior citizens at the hospital suffering from severe blockages in the hip and leg arteries using this unique technology. Such blockages are prevalent in diabetic patients and the elderly," he continued.
"Fatty deposits can build up over the years and cause arteries to be blocked affecting the blood circulation in various parts of the body. In severe cases, and if left untreated, the tissue will start to die and cause severe infections which can lead to limb loss," concluded Dr. Maher.
How long does the procedure take?
This technique is performed under local anaesthesia and is completed in approximately 90 minutes from the start of the procedure.
Patients are normally discharged within one day, but this may vary from one case to another.