Peripheral Artery Disease in Legs (PAD Treatment In Michigan)

Peripheral Arterial Disease

With a vascular disease in the legs – also called peripheral artery disease, in short PAD – a narrowing occurs in the arteries to your leg muscles. Because of this, the leg muscles need relatively more oxygen. This requires extra blood to flow to your legs. However, due to the narrowed arteries this is not possible.

The lack of oxygen in your leg muscles causes cramping pain, usually in your calves. When you rest for a while, the pain may disappear. This is why it is called ‘shop window legs’: after walking a few hundred meters, you will stop in front of a shop window until the pain is over, to move on to the next shop window.

At Advanced Veins & Vascular Management, our vascular specialist offers you – from his expertise and from the perspective of your history, complaints, needs and wishes – an effective personalized treatment plan, based on the latest evidence-based insights and approaches.

Peripheral Artery Disease in Legs Treatment

Revascularization
Beside medication and lifestyle changes, the vascular specialist can recommend a procedure to restore the flow of blood through the arteries in your legs. This is known as revascularization. Revascularization may be recommended if your leg pain is so severe it prevents you from carrying out everyday activities, or if your symptoms have failed to respond to the treatments mentioned.

There are 2 main types of revascularization treatment for PAD:

Angioplasty
The vascular surgeon widens a blocked or narrowed section of the artery by inflating a tiny balloon inside the vessel.

Artery bypass graft
The vascular surgeon takes blood vessels from another part of your body to bypass the blockage in an artery.

Before recommending treatment, our vascular specialist will discuss the options with you, including the potential risks and benefits.