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Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD)

What is Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD)?

PAD is a serious medical condition that can lead to limb loss and even death if left untreated. Diabetics and smokers are the most affected patients with this critical problem. At MVC, we mastered the diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of PAD and limb salvage with the latest techniques. MVC has an impeccable record of treating hundreds of patients with this serious condition, achieving excellent results and improving limb salvage and survival rates.

Benefits Of Percutaneous Endovascular Interventions:

  • At MVC are performed ambulatory.
  • No need for hospitalization.
  • Improvement of symptoms.
  • Higher chances for wound healing, limb preservation and survival.
  • Requires local anesthesia and mild sedation only.
  • Fast recovery. Usually patient is back to regular activities within 3-4 days

What are the Risks Factors for PAD?

  • Age > 50 years.
  • Smoking (current or former).
  • Diabetes Mellitus.
  • High Cholesterol levels.
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension).
  • Chronic Kidney Disease.
  • Obesity

Who Should Be Screened for PAD?

ALL patients suspected of having PAD should be referred to a vascular specialist, including:

  • ALL Patients with leg pain / cramps with ambulation.
  • ALL patients with lower extremities ulcers.
  • ALL patients with rest pain or gangrene.
  • Delay in treatment increases the risk of limb loss

Which Are The Treatment Options For PAD?

  • Percutaneous Endovascular Intervention (PEI):

    This is the treatment of choice for most of the patients. New technology and techniques are key factors in helping improve clinical outcomes. Reestablishing blood flow through the native vessel through a percutaneous intervention is the best possible treatment for patients with arterial obstructions.

  • By-pass surgery:

    Reserved for selected cases not amenable for endovascular intervention. A more invasive and usually very risky procedure, not effective for most of the cases with multi-level and small vessel disease as in diabetics and smokers. Always requires hospitalization, usually needs general anesthesia and it requires longer recovery period.

  • Medical treatment:

    Very important in addition to # 1 and 2. Includes healthy lifestyle with low-cholesterol and low-salt diet, weight loss, smoking cessation diabetes mellitus appropriate control, blood pressure control, and exercise. Also includes specific medications for PAD (aspirin, clopidogrel, statins, etc). At MVC you will be guided on medical treatment according to your needs