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TurboHawk Peripheral Plaque Excision System

Atherectomy of Peripheral Vasculature


Remove plaque that impedes blood flow and circulation in the legs with the TurboHawk™ peripheral plaque excision system. Choose from a High Efficiency Cutter model that can tackle calcified plaque or a Smooth Cutter model that can treat mild-to-moderately calcified lesions. Proven clinically in the landmark DEFINITIVE LE trial, the study found that diabetic PAD patients fared as well as nondiabetics and that claudicants had high patency at 12 months when treated with plaque excision technology.1

U.S. Indications

The TurboHawk™ Peripheral Plaque Excision System is intended for use in the atherectomy of the peripheral vasculature. The TurboHawk catheter is NOT intended for use in the coronary, carotid, iliac, or renal vasculature.

The TurboHawk Catheter is indicated for use in conjunction with the SpiderFX™ Embolic protection device in the treatment of severely calcified lesions (LS-C and LX-C only).

Product Details

The TurboHawk peripheral plaque excision system can maximize lumen gain, above and below the knee, in all lesion morphologies, including calcium.* Because no capital equipment is needed to operate the TurboHawk device, minimal set-up time is required.

Preserves the native vessel

  • Allows you to preserve the native vessel and keep future treatment options open.
  • Treats peripheral arterial disease by removing soft-to-moderately calcified plaque.
  • Captures plaque from the vessel and stores it in the nosecone for safe removal.

Proven results

  • Results are backed by the landmark DEFINITIVE LE clinical study.

Cutter selection

TurboHawk Cutters
TurboHawk offers high-efficiency (1) and smooth (2) cutters.

  • Choose a cutter based on the procedural need and lesion morphology.
  • High-efficiency cutter tackles soft to moderately calcified lesions.
  • Smooth cutter treats soft to mild calcification.
TurboHawk Cutters

TurboHawk Drive Shaft
TurboHawk counter-wound drive shaft transmits power more efficiently to the cutting blade.

TurboHawk Drive Shaft

TurboHawk Distal Flush Tool
The distal flush and cleaning tool effectively cleans and flushes plaque from the device.

TurboHawk Distal Flush Tool

TurboHawk Catheter Alignment Marker
The marker (white band) aligns the nosecone with the distal flush tool for faster cleaning. 

TurboHawk Catheter Alignment Marker

Manuals and Technical Guides

Instructions for Use
Find this technical manual in the product labeling supplied with each device or by calling technical support for cardiovascular devices: +1 763-526-7890.

Model Specifications

Model Name LX-C LX-M SX-C SS-CL
Reference Number TH-LX-C TH-LX-M TH-SX-C TH-SS-CL
Vessel Diameter
3.5-7.0 3.5-7.0 2.0-4.0 2.0-4.0
7 7/8 6 6
Crossing Profile
2.7 2.7 2.2 2.2
Working Length**
113 113 135 149
Effective Length
104 104 129 145
Tip Length
9.0 9.0 5.9 3.9
Max. Cut Length
75 75 40 20
Packing Device X X X  

 Sheath Compatibility - Per the Instructions For Use, the large vessel devices with smooth cutter are compatible with 8 F sheaths. A physician survey of device usage indicated 7 F sheaths may have an Internal Diameter (ID) that will accommodate the crossing profile of the LX-M and LS-M (non-flush tip) devices. Data on file with manufacturer.

** Working Length - distal end of strain relief to the distal end of tip.

 Effective Length - distal end of strain relief to the proximal end of cutter window.

See product catalog for complete, detailed product information.


Large vessel catheters: When used in hard, complex calcified lesions the TurboHawk catheter should be paired with SpiderFX™ Embolic Protection Device to mitigate the risk of distal embolization. Small vessel catheters: Do not use in hard, complex calcified lesions due to the risk of distal embolization that may result from excising this type of lesion.


McKinsey et al. JACC: Aug 2014;7;8;923-33