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.