Shockwave™ Lithoplasty in Combination With Atherectomy in Treating Severe Calcified Femoropopliteal and Iliac Artery Disease: A Single-Center Experience
Calcium is a predictor of poor outcome in the treatment of infrainguinal arterial disease. Rotational atherectomy can effectively debulk atherosclerotic calcium but is less likely to significantly modify medial and adventitial calcinosis. Shockwave IVL provides circumferential sonic pressure waves capable of disrupting deeper calcium and theoretically complements the debulking process of atherectomy. We present acute and intermediate outcome data from patients with severe femoral or iliac artery calcified disease treated with the combination of rotational atherectomy and Shockwave IVL at a single center.