Who requires this procedure ?

This procedure is indicated for patients who develop a clot in the vessels of lower limbs carrying to the muscles of thigh and leg. Commonly seen in diabetics and long-term smokers.

What is the underlying problem?

The underlying disease is a block in the vessels of the lower limb, thereby reducing the blood supply and oxygen yield to the muscles.

What are the consequences of postponing / worst complication if left untreated?

Unless treated at the right time the patients may eventually land up in amputation and thus a poor quality of life.

How is it diagnosed?

Diagnosis requires a CT Angiogram, which is also used to plan the procedure and prognosticate the outcome.

What are the steps of procedure?

The block is cleared using wire and catheters, lumen is opened using a balloon and sometimes stents are used to preserve the lumen,.

Why endovascular approach?

As most of the patients are unfit for the surgical options and interventional radiology offers solution through a 3mm hole under local anaesthesia as a day care procedure.