For patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease, restoring blood flow to the limbs is imperative. Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD, is a condition where a narrowing or blockage of the blood vessels has occurred due to plaque build-up in the arteries. Once the plaque hardens, a process known as atherosclerosis, blood flow to the limbs is significantly reduced. PAD commonly affects the legs, ankles, and feet.
As PAD progresses, a common symptom is claudication, or muscle pain or cramping during walking or exercising. Those who experience claudication, have diabetes, and are subject to injury, have a higher chance of developing non-healing wounds.
The advanced stage of PAD is called Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI). When a patient has CLI, ulcers, sores, or wounds on legs, feet, or toes tend to heal slowly or not at all due to a lack of blood flow getting to those limbs. As non-healing wounds worsen, the worst-case scenarios patients are faced with are tissue death, gangrene, which can result in the need for lower leg amputation.
Limb Salvage Treatment at PA Vascular Institute
At PA Vascular Institute, we offer patients limb-saving options that allow them to avoid amputation. Our doctors specialize in cutting-edge endovascular reconstruction procedures such as angioplasty, stenting, and atherectomy. These procedures are minimally invasive and are designed to get you back on your feet faster.
Atherectomy increases blood flow by using a catheter to shave away the plaque built up in the artery. Angioplasty uses a catheter to insert a balloon that will inflate and open the narrowed or blocked arteries. A stent may be placed inside the artery to maintain the opening of the blood vessel. These minimally invasive procedures will restore blood flow to the arteries, allowing the blood to flow to the legs, ankles, and toes.
At PA Vascular Institute, we promote limb salvaging procedures so you can get better, faster. To learn more about our limb salvage procedures, contact PA Vascular Institute today.