Device makes surgery safer for patients, allows surgeons to see more during procedure
Baton Rouge, La. – A patient at Baton Rouge General was the first in the nation to
participate in a study using the Avinger Pantheris 3D technology for a
new Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) surgery.
Vascular surgeon Dr. Glen Schwartzberg was the first physician to use the
3D device to clear plaque from a stent in the PAD patient’s leg,
returning blood flow to its normal rate and reducing the risk for amputation.
A maximum of 140 patients will be enrolled in the clinical trial at up
to 20 facilities worldwide.
Affecting approximately 20 million adults in the U.S. and more than 200
million people globally, PAD is a recurring build-up of plaque in the
arteries that limits blood flow to the legs and feet. Often dismissed
as normal signs of aging, symptoms of PAD include painful cramping, numbness
or discoloration in the legs or feet. PAD is the leading cause of amputation
in people age 50 and older.
“The Pantheris device has been a game-changer for treating hardening
of the arteries for the past two years,” said Dr. Schwartzberg.
“Using lumivascular technology to clear stents lets us see the entire
area we’re working with so we can be more thorough. It also reduces
the time patients are in surgery, allowing them to recover faster.”
Currently, the most widely used FDA-approved treatment option for cleaning
plaque from stents has doctors relying solely on X-ray and their sense
of touch to guide their tools while trying to navigate devices and clear
plaque. The lumivascular approach allows surgeons to see three-dimensional
images from inside the artery.
“We are pleased to initiate this new trial to gather additional data
on the benefits of the Pantheris Lumivascular Atherectomy System and increase
its use. I was particularly excited to join Dr. Schwartzberg and the welcoming
caregivers at Baton Rouge General for the first case of this important
study,” said John B. Simpson, PhD, MD, Avinger’s founder and
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