Peripheral Arterial Disease Treatment
University of Missouri Health Care is excited to announce new technology used to treat patients with peripheral artery disease. Todd Vogel, MD, chief of vascular surgery, uses a new imaging and catheter system to clear arterial blockage.
Leg pain? Don’t assume it is a normal part of aging.
Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, is a common circulatory problem in which plaque builds up inside the arteries in your legs and blocks blood flow to your legs and feet. If you have peripheral artery disease, you may experience pain or cramping in your legs when walking. You may not be able to walk long distances or even struggle to walk short distances. As PAD gets worse, patients may even feel numbness and pain in their legs or feet when at rest.
Risk factors for PAD
People who smoke or have diabetes are at especially high risk for peripheral artery disease. If you have risk factors for PAD, a screening can help you determine if you have the disease. Risk factors include:
- Cigarette smoking
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Personal or family history of PAD, cardiovascular disease or stroke
- Physical inactivity
PAD is the leading cause of amputations in adults older than 50.
Traditional treatments for patients with peripheral artery disease include making lifestyle changes that could include quitting smoking, participating in a cardiac rehabilitation program, or bypass surgery.
Advanced peripheral artery disease causes tissues in the legs or feet to die because they don’t get enough oxygen. When this happens, physicians may recommend an amputation, in which part of the leg or foot is removed, to save the person’s life. Amputating a leg is a difficult decision that is made by more than 100,000 PAD patients each year.
Advanced technology available at MU Health Care
Traditionally, physicians used X-rays to see outside an artery. With the new imaging system, surgeons can now see inside the arteries in real-time by using an Ocelot catheter with a camera. They can then drill through the blockages without cutting into the patients’ healthy arterial tissue.
“We are excited to offer this state-of-the-art technology to our patients and continue to provide only the highest quality of care,” Vogel said.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 573-882-1308.