Laser Thermal Angioplasty with an Argon-Laser-Heated, Metallic-Capped Fiber Optic

  • Timothy A. Sanborn
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 103)


Laser angioplasty or laser recanalization can partially remove obstructing atheroma or thrombus through vaporization of tissue and can create a smoother luminal surface than the fracture and dissection noted with conventional balloon angioplasty [1]. Therefore, laser angioplasty has the potential to serve as an aid or alternative to balloon angioplasty by increasing the initial success rate for lesions that are difficult or impossible to treat by conventional means or by decreasing the incidence of restenosis after angioplasty.


Guide Wire Balloon Angioplasty Superficial Femoral Artery Laser Probe Laser Angioplasty 
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