peripheral artery disease (PAD)
PVI provides the latest minimally invasive technology and techniques to treat peripheral artery disease (PAD)
PAD is the narrowing or blockage of arteries in various critical regions of the body. PAD happens when there is a buildup of fatty material, called plaque, inside your arteries. Another name for this condition is atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. The plaque deposits (also called calcifications) can cause your arteries to stiffen (calcify) and become narrowed or blocked, limiting the supply of oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. This can cause different health problems, depending on which arteries are blocked.
Procedures for peripheral artery disease (PAD)
Angiography uses a catheter, X-ray imaging guidance and an injection of contrast material to examine blood vessels in key areas of the body for abnormalities such as aneurysms and disease such as atherosclerosis (plaque). The use of a catheter makes it possible to combine diagnosis and treatment in a single procedure. Angiography produces very detailed, clear and accurate pictures of the blood vessels and may eliminate the need for surgery.
Atherectomy is a minimally invasive technique for removing plaque buildup in blood vessels. Atherectomy provides a rapidly spinning device that brushes away plaque deposits in the vessel.
Balloon angioplasty is a minimally invasive, non-surgical endovascular procedure to widen narrowed or obstructed arteries or veins caused by plaque buildup in the vessels. During the procedure, the doctor injects contrast through a small, thin tube called a catheter into your bloodstream. The contrast allows the doctor to view your blood vessels on an X-ray monitor. A catheter with a small balloon on its tip is then inserted through an artery in your leg or arm and threaded through the arteries until it reaches the narrowed area. The balloon is inflated to flatten the plaque against the wall of the artery, opening the artery and restoring blood flow. Then the balloon is deflated and removed from your body. This allows more blood and oxygen to be delivered to the leg and feet.
Stent angioplasty is a procedure to open narrowed or blocked blood vessels by using a small, metal mesh tube, called a stent, that expands inside the blood vessel. Implanting a stent does not require open surgery. Unlike a balloon angioplasty, a stent remains inside your vessel permanently
Peripheral laser atherectomy uses a catheter that emits high energy light (laser) to unblock the artery. The result is increase blood flow.