Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) involves the buildup of fatty deposits and plaque that block the flow of blood through arteries in the lower extremities or arms. When there is a decrease in the blood supply to the legs, the most common symptom is pain or cramping when walking, also known as claudication. If left untreated, PAD could potentially lead to gangrene and amputation.
Bypass for PAD
The traditional open surgical approach for this disease had been to bypass the clogged artery with an arterial graft. However, at MedStar Union Memorial, our vascular specialists also offer a minimally invasive procedure known as peripheral angioplasty and stenting. Your vascular surgeon will discuss the best approach with you and identify which surgery is best for your long-term health.