Rotational Atherectomy (Rotablator)

The Heart Center at Christian Hospital specializes in heart procedures including rotational atherectomy.

To schedule an appointment or for more information please call 314.747.9355 or toll-free 877.747.9355 or email us.

What is Rotational Atherectomy?

Rotational atherectomy is a procedure where a small cutting blade or drill is inserted in the coronary arteries to open up a narrowed artery usually caused by arteriosclerosis and increase blood flow.

Why is Rotational Atherectomy Performed?

Rotational atherectomy is performed to open up a narrowed artery and to prevent angina, heart attack, congestive heart failure and peripheral arterial disease.

Risk of Rotational Atherectomy Surgery

The following are some complications that could arise after having rotational atherectomy:

  • Bleeding around the heart
  • Injury to artery
  • Heart attack
  • Emergency bypass surgery

What to Expect

Before the surgery, you will be given pre-surgery instructions. On the day of the surgery, you will be given local anesthesia.

During the surgery, a doctor will insert a catheter in an artery and guide the catheter to the site of the narrowed or blocked artery. The doctor will then inject a dye into the artery so they can better see the narrowed artery and the exact size and location. Using a guidewire, the doctor then threads another catheter with a small rotating drill to the site to remove the blockage.

After the surgery is completed, you will be sent to the recovery room where you will stay for 1-2 days or until the doctor discharges you.  

To schedule an appointment or for more information please call 314.747.9355 or toll-free 877.747.9355 or email us.