P.A.D. can be treated by making lifestyle changes and taking medication, however when blood flow is completely or almost completely blocked, medical procedures may be required to improve the blood circulation to the limbs.
The goal of treatment is to reduce the patient’s symptoms of pain and improve mobility and quality of life. CMP’s minimally invasive treatment procedures, performed with the most advanced technology available, help our patients lead more pain-free and quality lifestyles. The most common procedures performed are:
The severity of the patients' occlusion determines which treatment is used. In some cases, two or more procedures may be needed.
Angioplasty procedure restores blood flow through a narrowed or blocked artery. During this procedure, a catheter with a balloon at the tip is inserted into the blocked artery. The balloon is inflated, which pushes plaque outward against the artery wall. This widens the artery and restores blood flow.
A Stent (a small mesh tube) is placed in the artery during angioplasty. The stent helps keep the artery open after angioplasty is done.
The TurboHawk® Device is a catheter-based device that includes a directional cutter that can be positioned to address the area of greatest plaque burden within a vessel. This device is used for moderate to severe calcification. The High Efficiency Cutter in the device treats all plaque morphologies above and below the knee. Four contoured blades are designed to capture and remove more disease with each pass.
The Spectranetics® Excimer Laser uses light energy from the ultraviolet (UV) spectrum of light. A small fiber optic catheter connected to the Excimer laser unit is positioned at the top of the occlusion in the artery. The laser starts transmitting short, pulsed bursts of ultraviolet energy through the catheter, penetrating the blockage and dissolves the occlusion into tiny by-products that are absorbed into the bloodstream.