Silver Hawk Could Prevent Amputation - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/9/04

Silver Hawk Could Prevent Amputation

If you suffer from severe leg pain, a new medical device could bring you immediate relief. The Silver Hawk is a tool that literally shaves off harmful plaque from blocked arteries in the leg in a 30 minute outpatient procedure, and instead of pushing the plaque aside, it collects and removes it like a vacuum cleaner, potentially saving the patient's leg from amputation when other efforts to control the problem have failed.

Dr. Joseph Rizzo was the first to bring this procedure to Lubbock, but other cardiologists are also using it now in the treatment of Peripheral Vascular Disease. Those at risk of developing PVD include patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, renal failure, and high cholesterol. So, if you are at risk and suffer from severe leg pain, ask your doctor about the Silver Hawk.

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