HealthDay News – A robotic-assisted platform is safe and feasible for peripheral vascular intervention in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD), according to a study published online in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

In a prospective single-arm trial, Ehtisham Mahmud, MD, from the University of California in San Diego, and colleagues examined the feasibility and safety of a robotic-assisted platform for treating PAD. Patients with symptomatic PAD affecting the femoropoplital artery were enrolled; the 20 individuals had primarily Rutherford class 2 to 3 (90%) symptoms.

The researchers found that 29 lesions were treated, with 89.7% located in the superficial femoral artery. Device technical success, device safety, and clinical procedural success were all 100%; 34.5% of lesions required provisional stenting. Relative to studies in similar patient cohorts, fluoroscopy time and contrast use compared favorably. There were no robotic system-associated adverse events.

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“These data demonstrate the feasibility and safety of using a robotic-assisted platform for performing peripheral arterial revascularization,” the authors wrote.

Disclosures: The study was funded by Corindus Vascular Robotics.


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