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Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

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Treatment

The type of treatment you receive depends on the severity of your peripheral arterial disease. If your arteries are only slightly narrowed, PAD can be treated with medication and lifestyle changes that include quitting smoking, controlling blood sugar if you’re diabetic, lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol, losing weight and eating healthy foods. If your arteries have more significant blockage, you may need specialized treatment or surgery. If so, you’ll get the care you need at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Heart and Vascular Center. Our vascular surgeons perform hundreds of procedures every year in our state-of-the-art operating rooms. We are consistently recognized as one of the best hospitals in the nation by the most prestigious vascular care accreditation organization. We offer these peripheral arterial disease treatments:

Atherectomy

During atherectomy, a thin, flexible tube (catheter) is inserted into a blood vessel through a small incision in the groin. When the catheter reaches the blockage, a small blade or abrasive material on the end of the catheter is used to shave away the plaque buildup inside the blood vessel.

Femoral/popliteal bypass

During a femoral/popliteal bypass procedure, a surgeon uses a blood vessel from another part of the body or a tube made of synthetic material to bypass the blocked or narrowed blood vessel.

Laser angioplasty

During laser angioplasty, a thin, flexible tube (catheter) is inserted into a blood vessel through a small incision in the groin. When the catheter reaches the blockage, a laser is used to vaporize the plaque that is preventing blood from flowing through the vessel.

Peripheral artery angioplasty and stenting 

During peripheral artery angioplasty, a thin, flexible tube (catheter) is inserted into a blood vessel through a small incision in the groin. When the catheter reaches the blockage, a small balloon is inflated to push the plaque tight against the vessel wall. A wire-mesh tube (stent) may be inserted to keep the blood vessel open.

Amputation

An amputation is the surgical removal of a limb or part of a limb because it is no longer useful, causing great pain or threatening your life because it is severely diseased. It is done only as a last resort.

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Call 888-402-LVHN (5846) Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Walk-In Care

If you have a minor illness, you can walk into an ExpressCare or schedule a video visit. For allergies, ear infections, cold and flu symptoms, rash and sprains.

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