Pulsed Nd:YAG-Laser Angioplasty of Peripheral Arteries — Experiments in Cadavers
Percutaneous balloon angioplasty represents a firmly established non — surgical treatment of ischaemic disease in peripheral and coronary circulation. Major problems of this method involve: failure to cross occlusions, failure to dilate stenosis offectively, acute complications and re — stenosis within six months (1). Some of these difficulties may be related to the mechanism of balloon angioplasty — fracture of the atherosclerotic intima and stretching of the media (1). Therefore new angioplastic approaches have been sought.
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