For people who suffer from peripheral vascular disease, Providence can help. Our specialists continually study the latest methods and techniques to treat all forms of peripheral vascular disease affecting cerebral, thoracic, upper extremity, abdominal and lower extremity circulations. And their combined expertise means you get the information you need to learn about your condition, get tips on prevention and make an informed choice about your options for treatment.
An endarterectomy is a procedure to surgically clean out the plaque blocking an artery. This procedure is very common when one or both of the carotid arteries—the arteries leading to the brain—become blocked, preventing a stroke. Endarterectomies can be performed on almost any blocked artery regardless of location.
Involves dilating obstructed arteries with a balloon catheter. This can include the carotid arteries to the brain.
An endovascular stent graft is a tube composed of fabric supported by a metal mesh called a stent. It can be used for a variety of conditions involving the blood vessels, but most commonly is used to reinforce a weak spot in an artery called an aneurysm. Physicians typically use endovascular stent grafting to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs), but they also use it to treat thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAAs).
To perform endovascular procedures, vascular surgeons use special technologies and instruments. These procedures require only a small incision or puncture in an artery or vein. Through these punctures, a vascular surgeon inserts long thin tubes, called catheters, which carry the devices through your blood vessels to the location of the aneurysm. They can then be placed to re-align and strengthen your artery.
Generally, endovascular treatments allow you to leave the hospital sooner and recover more quickly, with less pain and a lower risk of complications, and sometimes a lower risk of death, than traditional surgery because the incisions are smaller.
Blocked arteries in the legs cause pain in the feet and toes, skin ulcerations and, in some cases, muscle weakness and numbness. In extreme medical cases, surgeons must consider amputation of the affected limb. Providence surgeons have performed limb-salvaging procedures, opening up the blocked arteries, improving blood flow, reducing pain and, importantly, eliminating the need for amputation.