New Technology for Blocked Arteries
Baptist DeSoto was the third hospital in the country to participate in the clinical trial called ORBIT II, to determine how well the Diamondback 360° device can clear clogged heart arteries.
The Diamondback 360°
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the Diamondback 360° Orbital Atherectomy System to be used for plaque buildup in leg arteries of patients suffering from diabetes and peripheral arterial disease, or PAD.
Baptist DeSoto has used the Diamondback tool in the leg arteries procedure more than 800 times since it received the device in 2007.
The Diamondback works like an orbital sander. A catheter device is snaked through a patient's arteries. At the end of the catheter is a tiny cluster of diamond chips that sand away the hardened plaque to improve blood flow.
When the device is used to grind away plaque in the heart arteries, it opens the vessel to allow for a stent to be put in.