SilverHawk™ Plaque Excision System

This is the future, FoxHollow Technologies Inc.’s SilverHawk catheter is one of the hottest selling new medical devices on the market and has sent the company’s stock surging since it went public in October 2005.

Titusville, Fla. (July 14, 2006)— Parrish Medical Center (PMC) recently started doing a new procedure to help fight peripheral artery disease (PAD) using the SilverHawk™ Peripheral Plaque Excision System and SilverHawk™ Cutter Driver — devices that remove the plaque that commonly blocks arteries and interrupts blood flow.

Since March 2006, Radiologist Joseph Flynn, D.O., and the Interventional Radiology department at Parrish Medical Center have been successfully performing this procedure. Dr. Flynn is continually advancing his knowledge to bring cutting-edge technology to the North Brevard community through advanced classes and seminar training. Other Interventional Radiology care partners are Tammy Flannery RT(R)(CT)(CV), Kevin Kemerling RT(R), Julie Cook R.N. and Cherie Clark R.N. The SilverHawk is inserted into the patient’s groin through a small puncture site and moved through the artery to the site of the blockage. The tiny rotating blade is activated and the doctor advances the SilverHawk through the vessel, shaving plaque from the artery walls as it moves forward. The plaque is collected in the tip of the device and completely removed from the patient’s body. Plaque excision typically is performed as a stand alone therapy without requiring additional procedures such as stent placement. Multiple lesions and multiple arteries can be treated with a single device. A number of multi-center and single center studies have demonstrated promising early clinical results in a range of patients from those with mild leg pain to those with critical limb ischemia.

Peripheral arterial disease affects more than 30 million people worldwide, and while it can strike anyone, it’s most common in people over age 65. Untreated, PAD can lead to difficulty in walking and, in its most severe stage, gangrene leading to leg amputation. Also, people who have PAD often have arterial blockages in other parts of the body and are, therefore, at greater risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.

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DR. Gary J. Fishbein, (of The Dayton Heart Center), crossed the occluded distal ATA using a 0.035″ angled Terumo Glidewire® and a 4 French straight taper Glidecath. A 5.5 French SilverHawk™ catheter was advanced through the occlusion, with a total of 6 cutting passes made. Again the results were excellent: the previously occluded ATA was left with 30% residual stenosis and improved collateral flow to the peroneal. There was now straight-line blood flow restored to the foot. It was not felt to be technically feasible to cross the long occlusion in the peroneal artery, so the intervention was stopped at this point. There were no complications with the procedure. Hemostasis was obtained with a Closer AT. Read more here…..

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18 thoughts on “SilverHawk™ Plaque Excision System

  1. Calling over from `The Blog Village Carnival’ to thank you for sharing this wonderful new information.

  2. This post made interesting reading. It’s always good to hear of all the new advances being made in medicine. I’m visiting you from the Blog Village Carnival

  3. Hello,

    My name is Ty Fleming, I am assisting a close friend with research. He’s making a medical decision and I was asked to help find a “Silverhawk Plaque Excision System” can you send your best price and if available a picture of that as well. Just return when you get back to work.

    Thank you
    Ty Fleming

    • Find an Interventional Radiologist that can do the procedure in your area. If you need a recomendation of a good one, I can E-mail it to you.

      • I would really appreciate a Dr. in the Dallas, Tx. area that has been doing the SilverHawk Excision System for a while. I am scheduled to see my internest later this month for PAD. He implantd 4 stents in my legs, the last some 6 years ago. He is heading up a trial on a new stent but I am hesitant now to have it done as the SilverHawk seems much more practical, sensible & seems to have much better results.

        It’s not that I don’t trust my Dr…..but if it’s out of his expertise he loses $ if I don’t use what he’s selling.

  4. May 11, 2009

    I have recently been diagnosed as having PAD; 20-50% stenosis in rt. leg; 70-80% stenosis in left leg.

    I live in Comanche TX 76442.
    Please send me contact for an Interventional Radiologist in my area that I can present to my local Primary Care Physician.

    Your info much appreciated. — willperk

  5. Please send me the name of vascular surgeons in the Wilmington N.C. area that uses the silver hawk method of trrating P.A.D.
    thank you
    Chuck Lowers

  6. AM INTERESTED IN THIS NEW SURGERY. I HAVE JUST HAD 2 STENTS IN MY LEFT LEG ABOUT 7 MONTHS AGO & I STILL HAVE PAIN IN MY LOWER EXTREMITIES. I AM WONDERING ABOUT THE COST AND A SURGEON IN MY AREA,( L.A. ). IF THIS INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE PLEASE CONTACT ME AT email ess507@live.com Thank you. Harry Snyder.

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  8. My husband has been told he has 99% blockage in his right leg, along with blockage in the kidney area. Is there any doctors in the Delaware area (DC, PA, VA) who does this procedure? Thank you.

  9. My 25 yr old fiance has blockage behind his knee and his dr says a stent wouldnt be good for this area and that a bypass wouldnt last. He schedualed surgery to try and push through the blockage but i’m curious why his dr. Didnt mention this persidure?

    • Not all doctors are familiar with it.
      His doctor may feel a stent will be all he needs if there is one small stenosis.

      It’s a good question for him to ask his doctor.
      Good luck with the procedure
      Whichever one you have done.

      Chris

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