Lower Extremity Revascularization
Vascular specialist surgeons at Sentara have many treatment technologies available to help restore blood flow to the legs and feet of patients with clogged arteries due to peripheral vascular disease (PVD).
Lower Extremity Revascularization: Expert Care in Virginia
We will determine which is the best minimally invasive treatment option for you based on the size, location and type of blockage(s).
For all of our techniques, we make a small incision in the upper leg or groin area and insert a catheter into the incision.
Minimally Invasive Lower Extremity Revascularization: Services We Provide
We offer a number of different treatment options for restoring blood flow. We will discuss the benefits and risks of each one and decide on the approach that best suits your needs.
CliRpath Laser Procedure
For this technique, we use a catheter to release laser energy pulses that vaporize the plaque and restores blood flow to the leg.
Silver Hawk/Fox Hollow
This technology uses a catheter that contains a rotating, tiny blade at the tip. We use the catheter to smoothly and precisely shave off and remove the plaque causing the blockage.
We thread a catheter up through the artery to the point of the blockage. Then, we inflate a balloon at the tip of the catheter to force the plaque to the sides, opening the blockage.
Your physician threads a catheter up through the artery to the point of the blockage. Then, the catheter is passed through the blocked artery wall to form a new opening and restore circulation.
Often after balloon angioplasty has newly opened a blockage, the vessel requires a stent for reinforcement. A stent is made of flexible, mesh metal material that fits into the artery wall to keep it open.