This procedure is indicated for patients who are suffering with long and worsening history of numb limbs, claudication pain, non-healing ulcers on legs, diabetics and patients who are 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 an 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.