Blocked Arteries in the Legs

Minimally Invasive Procedures for Peripheral Artery Disease


Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) develops in the legs when arteries are clogged due to cholesterol build up. This causes decreased blood flow to the legs, which can result in leg pain, and eventually gangrene and amputation.

Angiography, angioplasty and stenting are leg-saving treatment options for PAD. These minimally invasive image-guided procedures can be performed by a vascular interventional radiologist, a specialist with expertise in minimally invasive techniques.

Opening Arteries to Restore Blood Flow

To open up blocked arteries in the legs, the interventional radiologist makes a tiny incision in the groin. Using specialized X-ray equipment, the physician passes a catheter (small tube) into the artery, and guides it near the location of the blockage. Then the physician inflates a balloon to open the blood vessel where it is narrowed or blocked, restoring blood flow to the area. In some cases, the doctor will insert a stent (small wire-mesh tube) into the blood vessel to help keep it open.

The entire PAD treatment typically lasts 2-3 hours, and patients go home the same day.

Why Choose SLUCare for Treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease?

We are minimally invasive image-guided specialists. Our fellowship-trained doctors offer expertise in peripheral arterial disease.

Minimally invasive PAD treatment can prevent amputation. By using state-of-the-art tools and techniques, our specialists are able to open up blocked vessels and save limbs from amputation.

Our collaborative approach assures comprehensive care. SLUCare interventional radiologists work with diabetes specialists, physical therapists, and wound care specialists to deliver the best possible outcome.

Schedule a Consultation with SLUCare

For an appointment, call 314-268-5558.

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