PAD Treatment at Texas Endovascular
Relief you can count on; the treatment you need.
Peripheral artery disease affects nearly 10% of all Americans. With symptoms ranging from mild to severe, it can significantly affect your daily life.
Whether you’re experiencing symptoms or not, it is imperative to receive medical treatment for optimal vascular health and functionality.
At Texas Endovascular, we understand how much of a toll PAD can have on your physical well-being, especially if you’re having a hard time walking.
The good news is that you can reduce and eliminate symptoms with the proper professional medical support and minimally invasive treatment options.
Let’s discuss PAD in more detail.
What is peripheral artery disease (PAD)?
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a common circulatory condition that causes reduced blood flow to your limbs due to narrowed arteries.
For those who develop PAD, the legs and arms do not receive enough blood to keep up with the supply. For most, the legs are more affected than the arms.
Since plaque buildup narrows arteries and prevents the blood from flowing, a blood clot can form on the plaque’s surface, or a piece of the plaque can break off and stop the flow completely, resulting in a heart attack or stroke.
PAD also limits the flow of oxygen-containing blood to the legs, which can cause leg pain, cramping, and ulcers.
If PAD goes untreated long enough, gangrene can set in and lead to amputation.
PAD can happen to anyone, but specific instances increase your risk of developing this condition, including:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Age (especially those 50 and older)
- A family history of peripheral artery disease, heart disease, or stroke
Symptom severity can range from mild to severe depending on the person and the extent of the condition. In some cases, patients do not experience any symptoms at all.
The most common PAD symptoms are:
- Pain while walking
- Coldness or numbness of the legs and feet
- Leg discoloration
- Cramping in the hips, thighs, or calf muscles
- Difficulty healing from minor wounds of the legs or feet
- Burning, or aching sensations in the feet
- Slowed hair growth on the legs
- Poor toenail growth
- Erectile dysfunction
PAD is usually diagnosed in the office with a bedside test called an Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI), which uses ultrasound and blood pressure cuffs to evaluate the circulation in your arms and legs.
If this test is abnormal, we may order further imaging tests such as Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) or Computed Tomography (CT) to determine the extent of your problem and help us plan your treatment.
At Texas Endovascular, we are passionate about treating patients who suffer from this condition and use the most state-of-the-art equipment available for PAD treatment.
Using minimally invasive procedures that do not require an overnight hospital stay, our team provides treatments, such as:
These methods prevent large incisions and open surgery. As a result, patients are often discharged the same day with minimal recovery time needed.
A small IV and wire will be inserted through the groin during your procedure. Once a blood vessel has been accessed, they will use imaging to guide the wire into position past the affected artery. The diseased artery will be treated using a balloon to widen the blood vessel (angioplasty) or a stent to hold open the vessel and increase blood flow.
Treatment style is selected depending on each patient’s unique circumstances.
Texas Endovascular Provides Comprehensive and Advanced Care for Vascular Conditions
If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with PAD, you should seek medical care for further diagnosis and treatment options.
Our vascular specialists at Texas Endovascular are experienced in caring for PAD and various vascular diseases affecting the limbs.
To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact us today.