Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
The aorta is the most significant blood vessel in the body. Its thickness is similar to a garden hose. This vessel is responsible for carrying blood from the heart to the head, and arms, as well as down through the abdomen and pelvis to the legs. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a condition in which the part of the aorta that travels through the abdomen has weakened. The walls of the aorta become extended like a balloon as a result of weakness in the vessel wall.
Carotid endarterectomy is a surgical procedure we perform to remove plaque buildup inside the carotid artery so that normal blood flow may be restored. We recommend this procedure for patients who have suffered a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke, and whose carotid arteries are at least 70 percent blocked.
Carotid Artery Disease
Carotid artery disease occurs when there is a build-up of plaque in the carotid arteries. This can restrict blood flow to the brain and can also cause blood clots to form. If pieces of the blood clot travel in the blood to the brain, this can cause symptoms or stroke (death of brain cells).
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) / Lower Extremity Arterial Disease
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a narrowing or blockage of the arteries leading to a decrease in blood flow to your arms and legs. When focused in the legs, this condition is known as Lower Extremity Arterial Disease. This page concerns arterial disease in the legs, and details the various procedures we use at Nevada Vein and Vascular to open the blockage.
People who develop PAD commonly suffer from atherosclerosis, colloquially known as “hardening of the arteries.” This occurs when plaque (fatty material) builds up on the inner walls of the arteries. This narrows and clogs the arteries and decreases blood flow. In the legs, this is known as lower extremity arterial disease and can lead pain and cramping when walking, and later can result in pain in the toes and feet when a person is resting. This is because the arteries are now unable to deliver enough blood to the feet. In its most advanced stage, this can lead into tissue necrosis, even possible amputation.
Peripheral Bypass Surgery
Peripheral bypass surgery is a procedure that can improve the symptoms of peripheral artery disease. This disease occurs when your arteries can’t bring enough blood to your leg and foot muscles. During bypass surgery, your surgeon creates a new path for blood flow. Blood can then pass around the part of the artery that is narrowed or blocked. This procedure will ease the pain (claudication), muscle cramping, fatigue, and discomfort. At Nevada Vein and Vascular in Reno, NV we offer peripheral bypass surgery.
Amputation is the removal of a limb or extremity: arm, leg, hand, foot, finger or toe. Amputation is a treatment of last resort, performed only after all other forms of treatment have failed. We use this procedure to treat severe infection, disease progression, removal of a tumor on a bone or muscle, or persistent pain. Before undergoing an amputation, a thorough physical examination is performed to verify that amputation is the only feasible option. The most common type of amputation is the removal of the leg, either above or below the knee.
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If you would like to learn more about any of these treatments or conditions, contact our office. Call us at 775-323-3000 to schedule a consultation. Our practice serves Reno, NV, and surrounding areas.