We are proud to announce that we are the first in Florida to perform the first Pantheris procedure in our outpatient cath lab to help patients facing peripheral artery disease (PAD). The new Pantheris device is a long awaited innovation that acts like a micro camera, allowing physicians to see from inside the artery during a procedure for the first time. In the past, physicians have had to rely on x-rays only to see and guide how to fix a blockage. With the lumivascular approach, physicians can more accurately navigate their devices and better assess the blockage as they are treating it. This technology can potentially reduce the amount of radiation needed during the procedure and promises to improve care.
Dr. Vaqar Ali, who was the first to use the new technology, says, “We couldn’t be more excited about this state-of-the-art approach. PAD is often underestimated but its effects are detrimental.We want to help change that. We are the first in Florida and the second in the nation to be using this device.”
PAD affects 18 million adults in the United States. PAD is caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries that blocks blood flow to the legs and feet.
The Pantheris technology adds to First Coast Cardiovascular Institute’s extensive history of firsts. “We have consistently been the first to bring cutting edge treatments to the Florida area,” Dr. Yazan Khatib, President of FCCI says, “Our physicians consistently strive to stay at the forefront of innovative care.”
The goal with the Pantheris lumivascular technology is to provide safer, improved patient outcomes, prevent amputations, and bypass surgeries through the use of a more effective, earlier option for treatment.
To learn if Pantheris is a good option for you, call our office at 904.493.3333.