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Glossary of terms


A

Anesthesia

The numbing of pain due to the administration of gases or drugs before surgery.

Artery

A blood vessel that takes blood away from the heart to circulate through the body.

C

Catheter

A flexible tube that is inserted into the body to deliver medicine or medical devices, or to drain fluids.

M

Minimally invasive therapies

Treating the patient through small incisions to reduce wound healing time, pain, and risk of infection.

N

Nitinol

A combination of nickel and titanium.

P

Peripheral

Away from the center of the body.

Plaque

A substance made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances found in the blood.

S

Superficial femoral artery (SFA)

The main artery of the thigh that supplies blood to the groin and lower extremities.