To treat patients with leg pain caused by artery blockage in the leg, a type of peripheral artery disease, vascular surgeons on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas perform a surgical procedure called lower extremity stenting. In this procedure the physician places a small metal tube called a stent into the artery to keep it open, rerouting the blood supply around the occluded artery.
An additional treatment option for artery blockage in the leg is lower extremity bypass surgery. Surgeons graft a vein from another part of the body and attach it to the blocked artery above and below the obstruction. This transplantation creates a new path for blood to flow around the blockage.
When artery blockage affects blood supply to the arms and hands, a surgical procedure known as upper extremity stenting may be an option. Vascular surgeons on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas insert a stent, a small metal tube, into the blocked artery to facilitate a patient’s blood flow, redirecting the blood supply around the obstructed artery.
Another treatment for arm artery disease is upper extremity bypass surgery. In this vascular procedure surgeons transplant a vein from another part of the patient’s body, attaching it to the clogged artery above and below the obstruction. This process creates a new route for blood to move around the obstruction.