New System Lessens Need for Amputation

by Mike Hunter

More than 200 million people worldwide, including 8.5 million Americans, suffer from Peripheral Artery Disease, leading causes of which include smoking, diabetes and obesity . In the U.S. and Europe alone, PAD is responsible for approximately 240,000 amputations every year — and nearly one-quarter of these patients die within 30 days and almost half within a year of their amputation. Arizona has one of the highest percentages of patients who suffer from PAD.

Comprehensive Interventional Care Centers is the first in Arizona to offer patients the DABRA System, a groundbreaking technology, to treat PAD, making DABRA available at the practice’s offices in Gilbert and Flagstaff.

The DABRA Catheter and Laser is Ra Medical Systems’ minimally-invasive excimer laser and disposable catheter system that breaks down plaque to its fundamental chemistry, such as proteins, lipids and other chemical compounds, eliminating blockages by, essentially, dissolving them without generating potentially harmful particulates. 

“DABRA enables me to quickly and easily treat arterial blockages caused by peripheral artery disease. It’s so gratifying to help my patients walk pain-free again and in many cases prevent a threatened amputation,” says Joel R. Rainwater, M.D., interventional radiology endovascular specialist and CICC’s chief medical officer.

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