Diagnosing Peripheral Artery Disease
Peripheral artery disease often is asymptomatic. When pain does occur, it may be mistaken for other conditions. Early diagnosis will reduce the risk of limb loss and the need for more invasive procedures.
Peripheral Arterial Disease Treatment Options
In some cases, our surgeons will help a patient manage their risk of peripheral artery disease through medical treatments and advise an exercise program. For more serious cases, patients may require transluminal balloon angioplasty — the insertion of a catheter (small, thin tube) through an artery in the upper thigh to open an arterial narrowing or blockage.
The most severe cases of peripheral artery disease might require bypass grafting. In this procedure, a surgeon attaches an alternative blood vessel (either a prosthetic tube or the patient's own vein) to the blocked artery, creating a new, unobstructed passage through which blood can flow.