When it comes to treating PAD, there are several treatment options available. Dedicate yourself to loving your limbs and follow your physician’s treatment plan. Your treatment options may vary greatly depending on your condition and may include one or more of the following categories. Keep in mind, risks are involved with all PAD treatments and should be discussed with your physician.
Your physician may prescribe medications depending on the cause of your PAD. These may include medications to help reduce your cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, manage your diabetes, or help you stop smoking. You may also be prescribed anti-platelet or anti-coagulant medication if your physician is concerned about the potential of blood clots. The classes of prescription medications may include:
Endovascular treatments are one of the options available for treating PAD. An endovascular treatment is completed in an operating room or a catheterization lab. Unlike surgery, endovascular treatments only require a small incision often in the groin, arm, or leg. A physician will then pass a series of devices through the incision and into the artery, in order to reach the site of the blockage. These devices all work to help open the artery and keep it open.
For those who can’t be treated by medication or endovascular treatments, there are surgical options available. These procedures typically require general anesthesia due to incisions in the limbs. Generally, a surgeon will conduct an assessment of the risks and benefits prior to the procedure to ensure the best possible outcome following the operation.
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