Peripheral Arterial Disease | Symptoms and Treatment
PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE (P.A.D.)
Blocked blood flow to your legs can cause pain and numbness. It also can raise your risk of getting an infection in the affected limbs. If severe enough, blocked blood flow can cause gangrene (tissue death). In very serious cases, this can lead to leg amputation.
Peripheral Artery Disease Symptoms
Symptoms of Peripheral Arterial Disease include leg pain when walking or climbing stairs. Smoking is the main risk factor for P.A.D. If you smoke or have a history of smoking, your risk of P.A.D. increases up to four times. Other factors, such as age and having certain diseases or conditions, also increase your risk of P.A.D.
LASER ATHERECTOMY TREATMENT
Although Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is serious, it can be treated. Treatment may slow or stop disease progress and reduce the risk of complications. Treatments include lifestyle changes, medicine, and surgery or procedures. Dr. Ahluwalia performs laser atherectomy to clear out the blockages in the arteries. To clear out the arteries Dr. Ahluwalia utilizes a laser that ablates through the blockages safely and painlessly. He makes a small incision in the artery where he works through and inserts the laser (which is a cool tipped laser similar to Lasik eye surgery) to make contact with the blockage. Once the contact is made the laser breaks apart the molecular bonds of the blockage and cleans out the artery.