What is Pedal Access Zero Contrast Revascularization?

Pedal Access Zero Contrast Revascularization (PAZCR) is a minimally invasive endovascular procedure used to treat peripheral artery disease (PAD) in the lower extremities. It involves accessing the blocked or narrowed arteries in the foot or ankle region (pedal access) to perform a revascularization procedure without the use of contrast dye.

Contrast dye is commonly used during endovascular procedures to enhance the visibility of blood vessels on imaging tests. However, some patients may have kidney problems or allergies to contrast dye, making it necessary to find alternative techniques.

PAZCR utilizes specialized equipment and techniques to navigate through the arteries in the foot or ankle, allowing the physician to perform interventions such as angioplasty or stenting to restore blood flow. This approach minimizes the need for contrast dye, reducing the risk of complications associated with its use.

By avoiding the use of contrast dye, PAZCR can be a suitable option for patients with kidney issues or allergies, providing a safer alternative for revascularization procedures in the lower extremities.

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