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Peripheral Arterial Disease

If you have had pain in your legs and been diagnosed with a blockage in 1 or more of the arteries in your legs, then you may require some form of intervention in order to improve the blood flow down to your feet.

Diabetics and those who have smoked tobacco products for long periods of their life have much higher incidents of having peripheral arterial disease than non diabetics and nonsmokers. Historically, blockages were treated with some form of bypass with artificial graft material or sometimes your native superficial vein from your leg.

Presently we offer endovascular treatment for peripheral arterial disease that uses a combination of balloon angioplasty, athrectomy, and placing stents, sometimes even for completely occluded arteries. Often times patients with this disease need to be followed very closely and multiple staged procedures have to be carried out.

Any endovascular treatment can usually be done with a simple needle puncture in the groin performed as an outpatient. The goal in improving the circulation to the legs in cases of blocked arteries is to avoid the end stage of peripheral vascular disease, which includes gangrene and subsequent amputation.

It is very important that if you have signs of pain with walking or at rest, that you obtain a fairly easy to perform, noninvasive, and cost effective screening study checking for peripheral arterial disease.


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