New Technology to Restore Blood to Extremities at Largo Medical Center

Many people suffer from Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). It occurs when cholesterol causes blockages in the leg which impedes blood flow to the lower extremities.

LARGO, FL — Getting that blood pumping the way it should is getting easier thanks to new technology at Largo Medical Center which isrestoring blood flow to extremities in an effort to avoid amputation. The PAD procedure is getting this accomplished with the use of a new piece of equipment called the “Stealth.”

“The device uses a diamond coated burr to cut through plaque in the small vessels in the leg,” said Merrill Krolick, DO, and Interventional Cardiologist. “The procedure is done without a surgical incision.”

“Dr. Krolick is one of the first in the area to use the Stealth at Largo Medical Center,” said Janet Morra, Vice President of Cardiovascular Services at Largo Medical Center. “Patients can often have their procedure done early in the morning and are discharged later the same day.”

12 million Americans suffer from PAD. It will often present with symptoms including: tired legs, heaviness in the legs, non-healing ulcers, and pain while walking. People who have this disorder may have underlying coronary artery disease and can die of a heart attack. PAD is a serious condition that if not treated can lead to painful legs, gangrene, removal of toes or even removal of a limb.  It is important that an evaluation of the peripheral circulation be done and to make every effort to restore any impaired blood flow to the limb. Dr. Krolick says patients who may not be well enough for an open surgical procedure to restore circulation, can be treated safely with this technique.

To learn more about this new procedure at Largo Medical Center and to schedule an interview, please contact Tammy Robiconti, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, at 727-348-1896.

About Largo Medical Center
Largo Medical Center is a 422-bed teaching hospital serving the community from two campuses. Largo Medical Center provides breast healthcare at the Florida Breast Institute, knee care at the Florida Knee and Orthopedic Pavilion, back, neck and neurological care at the Florida Spine & Neuro Center, heart care at the Tampa Bay Heart Institute, behavioral healthcare, inpatient rehabilitation, wound care, sleep disorders care, imaging & diagnostic services and emergency care. Largo Medical Center’s Graduate Medical Education program is the West Coast Academic Center for NOVA Southeastern University and is the 3rd largest program of its kind in the Southern United States.

Source: Largo Medical Center



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