Chronic Total Occlusion

Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) is a complete blockage of an artery, typically in the lower limbs. It is categorized as an arterial obstruction lasting more than 30 days. It is most commonly found in patients with advanced Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). By the time CTO is diagnosed, the blockage tends to be heavily calcified and hardened.

For those who are diagnosed with CTO, there are several treatment methods. Treatment for CTO requires advanced knowledge and the utmost precision; fortunately, the doctors at PA Vascular Institute are highly specialized and experienced in treating this disease. Our doctors will use the most innovative and cutting-edge technology in order to take care of your chronic total occlusion and get you back to your daily activities in no time.

Treatments of Chronic Total Occlusion

CTO crossing and blood flow restoration are imperative for restoring the blood supply to the affected leg. Our doctors perform revascularization techniques that are dedicated to improving a patient’s quality of life by reducing or eliminating the symptoms associated with CTO. In the most advanced and serious cases of CTO, treatment techniques are designed to prevent amputation of the affected limb.

Endovascular techniques may also be used in the treatment of CTO. These minimally invasive techniques include the use of guidewires, or small and long metal wires, that aid in opening the occluded or blocked, artery. After a successful guidewire crossing, atherectomy is often performed.

These revascularization and endovascular techniques are minimally invasive and performed at the hands of our experienced doctors at PA Vascular Institute. With shorter recovery times, you will be able to quickly carry on with your daily routines.

For a virtually painless, quick, and convenient method that will treat your CTO and get you moving again quickly, consider an interventional method from PA Vascular Institute. We offer convenient treatment methods with little recovery time. To find out how we can treat your chronic total occlusion, contact us today.