Peripheral Vascular Disease

The various treatments for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) span across lifestyle changes, medicines, and surgical procedures. Treatment may cause the progress of the disease to stop otherwise without treatment there may be severe complications like sores and gangrene that can even require an amputation. Surgical procedures for this disease are Bypass grafting, Angioplasty and stenting (described above) and Atherectomy which is a procedure in which a cutting device mounted on a catheter is inserted to the location of plaque build up to scrape off the plaque. The bits of plaque that come off from this procedure are washed away in the blood stream. Doctors also use laser to dissolve away plaque. Cell and gene therapies are being researched for treatment but not available beyond clinical trials.