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TAMI Procedure: Tibio-Pedal Arterial Minimally Invasive Retrograde Revascularization Technique

The TAMI technique allows physicians to access tiny arteries in the feet in order to re-establish blood flow that has been blocked by plaque. The interventional cardiologists at Metro Heart & Vascular use the TAMI technique to insert balloons, stents and drilling devices to remove plaque that builds up preventing proper blood flow.

Unlike traditional procedures to treat peripheral artery disease, the TAMI procedure allows our physicians to re-establish blood flow in patients who cannot lay flat for other procedures. Believed to be the first of its kind in the world, the TAMI procedure was developed by the interventional cardiologists at Metro Heart & Vascular when confronted with patients for whom traditional treatments posed too great a risk for complications – and is designed to help patients avoid amputation of the legs and feet.

Benefits of the TAMI technique:

  • Provides a quicker recovery time for patients, often within 90 minutes of treatment.
  • Minimizes radiation exposure, making the procedure safer for the patient and the physician.
  • Lowers the risk of complications due to easier arterial sheath placement.
  • Utilizes ultrasound guidance for accurately locating the small blood vessels in the lower leg.
  • Alternative to amputation for those whom traditional techniques are not an option.

The specialists at Metro Heart & Vascular offer a full array of heart and vascular services. For more information or to schedule an appointment at any one of our four locations in the Grand Rapids area, call (616) 252-5950.

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