The vascular surgeons at CTVS are committed to providing state-of-the-art imaging and treatment options to help restore blood flow to the legs and feet of patients with poor circulation and clogged arteries. We’re doing this in the most convenient way through our in-office Vascular Intervention Suite (VIS). Our team uses sophisticated x-ray technology and equipment, similar to a cath lab, to get an up-close view of vessels, which helps determine a more exact state of arterial or venous disease.
The VIS is an integral part of our lower extremity revascularization program, which includes in-office evaluation, non-invasive vascular lab testing, medical and exercise therapy, and office-based interventions.
Dr. Joe Wells is the medical director of our VIS and says managing and treating lower extremity vascular diseases like PAD can be a matter of life or death for some patients. “Our patients with severe lower extremity ischemia are at real risk for amputation and all of the consequences that follow,” Dr. Wells said. “We do everything we can to prevent that.”
Our vascular surgeons and technicians use these innovative technologies and diagnostic tools for various vascular system disorders like peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD results from poor circulation and clogged arteries in the legs or other extremities. Lifestyle changes are first recommended to treat PAD, but if that fails, further intervention is required.
Our surgeons can perform procedures like minimally invasive vascular treatment of arterial and venous disease using balloon and stent technology. For more advanced cases, surgical bypass or endarterectomy may be necessary to improve blood flow. In some cases, a combination of open surgical technique and endovascular technique are used.