Evaluating Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

What is peripheral vascular disease (PVD)?


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.

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