Minimally Invasive Techniques to Treat Peripheral Arterial Disease
Peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, results from blockages in the arteries that bring blood to the legs. This process can result in a range of symptoms, from pain with walking to debilitating constant pain and ulcerations or sores that donâ€™t heal because of insufficient blood flow to allow healing.
Our vascular team has expertise in diagnosing such problems using non-invasive ultrasound tests to identify regions of blockages. In addition, our vascular surgeons specialize in minimally invasive endovascular techniques of treating these blockages by using balloons and stents to reopen these blocked vessels. They also offer open surgical solutions when ballooning and stenting are not feasible. These include scraping of the plaque or hardened blockage lining the wall of the artery, or bypass surgeries that reroute the passage of blood carrying it around blocked arteries. Because our surgeons have the ability to perform such different types of interventions, they can tailor the treatment specifically for each patient since each patientâ€™s disease is slightly different.
In addition to treating blocked blood vessels in the legs, they also can treat other blocked blood vessels in the body in a similar fashion, including blocked arteries to the intestines, kidneys, and arms.