Once you have been diagnosed with PAD, there are several treatment options you and your doctors at the Vascular Access Center can discuss and explore. Often PAD can be treated with lifestyle modification. Smoking cessation and a structured exercise program are often all that is needed to alleviate symptoms and prevent further progression of the disease.
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Interventional radiologists pioneered angioplasty and stenting, which was first performed to treat peripheral arterial disease. Using imaging for guidance, the interventionalist threads a catheter through the femoral artery in the groin to the blocked artery in the legs. Then he or she inflates a balloon to open the blood vessel where it is narrowed or blocked. In some cases this is then held open with a stent, a tiny metal cylinder. This is a minimally invasive treatment that does not require surgery, just a nick in the skin the size of a pencil tip.
Erectile Dysfunction (ED)Treatment If you have PAD, you may be experiencing symptoms of ED as well
One of VAC’s unique services is to evaluate men suffering from Erectile Dysfunction (ED). Erectile Dysfunction can occur for many reasons such as the side effect from medications, hormonal imbalances, neurologic conditions etc. If your Erectile Dysfunction is caused by Vascular Disease, diabetes, high cholesterol or trauma we may be able to help. Using our minimally invasive technology, we can assess the circulation to the penis during an arteriogram and possibly restore or improve the flow of circulation to the penis during a procedure called an angioplasty.
This procedure is done at our outpatient facility. We place a catheter into the artery at your groin to locate the blockage that may be compromising normal blood flow through your pudendal artery, which is the main artery supplying blood to the penis. You will receive discreet care while having this procedure. You can receive medications that will control any discomfort and relieve your anxiety. Once completed, you will recover for a brief period and be sent home. You could notice results almost immediately.
Limb Salvage as a PAD Treatment
Limb salvage procedures are designed to open narrowed vessels and/or remove plaque in affected areas through minimally invasive techniques that aim to prevent the need for amputation. The experts at Vascular Access Centers will conduct a consult and diagnostic study for you in order to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for this procedure. We believe that our limb salvage procedure will open the door to a quality of life you didn’t realize was available to you!