Approximately one million Americans develop symptoms of peripheral vascular disease (PVD) each year. PVD results from the build-up of atherosclerotic plaque in the arteries of the lower extremities causing obstruction of blood flow to the legs and feet. Patients with PVD typically suffer from exercise induced pain in the calf, thigh or buttocks. More advanced cases may present with foot pain at rest, non-healing foot ulcers, wounds, or gangrene.

 

Many patients with PVD can be treated successfully with minimally invasive techniques such as balloon angioplasty (PTA). Angioplasty involves inflation of a balloon catheter in the diseased artery at the site of blockage. The balloon catheter is used to open the blocked vessel and thus establishes a better channel for blood flow. Often a vascular stent is placed concurrently at the site of blockage to mechanically support the diseased artery.

 

If you have any questions regarding any of these therapies, please do not hesitate to contact us. Consultation can be arranged through our Interventional Radiology Clinic by calling (260) 435-7951 during regular business hours.


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Examples of endovascular metallic stents. The self-expanding Wall stent is shown partially (straight arrow), and fully deployed (curved arrow). The balloon-expandable Palmaz stent is shown after expansion (open arrow).   Right superficial femoral artery stenosis before and after treatment with balloon angioplasty (see arrows). The patient's right leg claudications resolved after therapy.