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Interventional services

Last Updated 7/10/2014 2:42:29 PM


El Camino Hospital's specialists are leaders in the development of minimally invasive techniques to treat a variety of heart and vascular diseases, including peripheral valve disease (PVD). Many of these are based on catheter-type technologies. We offer the full range of minimally invasive procedures such as balloon angioplasty, stents and atherectomy. In addition, our cardiac catheterization team specializes in some of the most advanced procedures and technologies, including:

Cartotid Artery Stenting

El Camino Hospital is a leader in the Western United States in this procedure, which was approved by the FDA in 2004. Physicians use a stent to open blocked arteries in the neck. The new stent is intended to prevent stroke by treating blockages in the carotid artery, the main blood vessel leading to the brain.

The device -the first of its kind- was approved for use in patients who have had symptoms of a stroke or whose carotid artery is at least 80 percent blocked, and who are not good candidates for the surgical alternative. Patients usually require only local anesthesia.

Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) / Atrial Septic Defect (ASD)

Traditionally, patients with these defects required open-heart surgery or the use of blood El Camino Hospital's specialists are leaders in the development of minimally invasive techniques to treat a variety of heart and vascular diseases, including peripheral valve disease (PVD). Many of these are based on catheter-type technologies. We offer the full range of minimally invasive procedures such as balloon angioplasty, stents and atherectomy.

In addition, our cardiac catheterization team specializes in some of the most advanced procedures and technologies, including:

Percutaneous bypass

In this innovative procedure, pioneered by El Camino Hospital cardiologists, physicians use a special device with ultrasound that threads through the vein in the leg to detect the blockage. At the blockage, the physician punctures to the adjacent artery and threads a prosthetic tube to the other end of the blockage where it reconnects with the vein. The blood flow then bypasses the blockage in the vein. Some studies have shown this procedure can achieve the same outcome as a conventional open bypass with only a skin puncture, no general anesthesia, and shorter recovery time.

Valve repair and replacement

El Camino Hospital is leading the way in research to evaluate the best approaches and devices in valve repair and replacement.
 

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