Intermittent leg pain that worsens with time can be a symptom of peripheral artery disease. This circulatory disorder can cause extreme discomfort and hinder you from going about your day-to-day activities. If you suspect that you have peripheral artery disease, Warner Robins peripheral artery disease experts should be your ultimate choice.
What is peripheral artery disease?
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a circulatory disorder that occurs due to an accumulation of fatty layers in your arterial walls. Accumulation of fatty deposits in your artery walls causes a circulatory disease called atherosclerosis. If left unattended, the condition may deteriorate and limit the supply of blood and oxygen to your body which may put you at risk of having blood clots or a heart attack. Peripheral artery disease is notorious for attacking the arteries found in your legs, but it can also affect other parts of your body, such as your kidneys and arms.
What are the symptoms associated with peripheral artery disease?
The signature symptom of PAD is recurrent excruciating pain, medically known as claudication. You may experience painful muscle spasms in your thigh, calf, or hip muscles immediately after intense physical activity or after taking a short walk. You may also experience an intermittent burning sensation in your toes. PAD may also cause numbness and an abnormal cold sensation on one side of your leg. The severity of your symptoms of peripheral artery disease depends on several factors such as age, although they are usually severe in older people.
What are the available treatment options for peripheral artery disease?
During your appointment, Dr. Burkett reviews your medical history and discusses your symptoms. He may also conduct a thorough examination to determine the severity of your condition. If your symptoms are mild, you may only need to make some minor lifestyle changes, such as engaging in regular exercises and eating a healthy diet. If your condition is severe and may cause life-threatening complications, Dr. Burkett may recommend the following procedures:
- Angioplasty and stent placement
During an angioplasty and stent placement procedure, Dr. Burkett makes tiny incisions in the walls of an artery around your groin. She then directs a catheter into the affected artery through the incisions and inflates the small balloon located at the catheter’s tip. This squashes the blood clots and fatty deposits against your arterial walls. Afterward, Dr. Burkett places a stent into the affected artery to keep it open.
- Bypass grafting
This procedure involves redirecting your blood flow into a healthy artery. Dr. Burkett removes a healthy part of a blood vessel in your arm or leg and connects it above the affected artery to create a new route for your blood to flow smoothly.
Atherectomy follows the same procedure as angioplasty but instead of squeezing the fatty deposits against the walls of your artery, Dr. Burkett uses a catheter connected to a sharp blade to remove the fatty deposits.
If you experience symptoms of peripheral artery disease, do not hesitate to contact Middle Georgia Vascular Surgery Center & Vein Solutions or book an online appointment to have your issue sorted.