One diagnostic tool we use for evaluating Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is the peripheral angiogram. This painless, non-invasive test shows us exactly where your blood is flowing. Once diagnosed with PAD, treatment options include a peripheral angioplasty and peripheral bypass.
Peripheral angioplasty is the same procedure used to open arteries of the heart. It involves threading a catheter through a blood vessel to the artery. A small balloon is then inflated to flatten the blockage and open the artery, thus increasing blood flow. In some cases, a stent will be inserted to help keep the artery open.
A peripheral bypass may be recommended for more serious cases of PAD. This involves creating a graft bypass using either a synthetic blood vessel, or, a blood vessel from another part of the body. This allows the blood to flow around the narrowed artery.
Contact Surgical Specialists of Ocala to schedule your PAD evaluation today.