Peripheral Artery Disease occurs when blood flow to the extremities—in most cases legs and feet—becomes blocked due to the buildup of plaque in the arteries. Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI) is the most severe form of PAD, causing leg pain at rest, poorly healing foot wounds, or gangrene.
It’s the 21st century. Why are there still so many amputations?
Amputation—the complete or partial removal of a limb—is the most conventional and common approach to treating severe CLI, particularly for older individuals. As recently as 2017, 70% of CLI patients received amputation before any intervention. Unfortunately, after amputation, most patients deteriorate rapidly. According to a recent study on amputation for chronic CLI.
- The mortality rate is 44% one year after amputation
- 66% mortality rate three years after amputation
- 85% mortality five years after amputation
Patients with severe CLI deserve better. That’s why the American Endovascular affiliated team of physicians is doing something about it. The affiliated team of medical professionals saves limbs for most patients they treat, helping patients enjoy longer, healthier, and happier lives.
What are the symptoms of Critical Limb Ischemia?
A common symptom of Critical Limb Ischemia is known as ischemic rest pain, which is an intense pain in legs & feet which can be so severe it can often wake people when sleeping. Sometimes temporary relief occurs when dangling the legs, or standing. Other symptoms of CLI include:
- Non-healing wounds on the feet or legs
- Leg pain when walking
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Foot pain or numbness
- Excessively shiny, smooth, or dry skin on the legs and feet
- Thickening of the toenails
- Diminished, or no pulse in the legs or feet
- Dry, black skin on the legs and feet (dry gangrene)
- Foot infections
- Leg swelling and discoloration
What are the risk factors of Critical Limb Ischemia?
There are many factors that can lead to CLI including:
- Aging population
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Sedentary lifestyle
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Family history of atherosclerosis or claudication
If you or someone you know is at risk, it is essential that you schedule a medical consultation with an American Endovascular affiliated physician today.
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How American Endovascular Affiliated Physicians can help treat Critical Limb Ischemia and salvage limbs
Licensed physicians provide patients with the most up-to-date minimally invasive-image guided treatment options to save limbs and prolong life. The American Endovascular affiliated physicians render endovascular treatments that have resulted in saving over 80% of limbs after amputation was recommended elsewhere.
Endovascular treatment is the least invasive way to restore blood flow to limbs. Here’s how some endovascular procedures work:
- A catheter (thin plastic tube) is inserted into the artery, without surgery, through a small nick in the skin at the groin or in the foot…the nick is so small there is not even an incision to heal.
- A catheter is threaded to the area of narrowing and disease which has been affected by plaque build-up.
- Specialized catheters open the blocked arteries by removing or destroying plaque (called atherectomy), or displacing and disrupting it with a balloon that is inflated briefly. Atherectomy may include a variety of additional advanced tools such as laser as well as orbital and rotational atherectomy. The opening of arteries with a balloon catheter is called angioplasty.
- A variety of additional state of the art methods may be utilized and inserted to keep the artery open including drug delivery systems, stents, covered stents, Drug Eluding Stents (DES), Drug Covered Stents (DCS).
American Endovascular affiliated physicians save the limbs that others can’t.
The American Endovascular affiliated team of physicians is at the forefront of the battle to prolong life by preventing amputations. They accomplish this by using the most advanced minimally invasive-image guided endovascular treatment options available anywhere, to save limbs and save lives.
- The physicians affiliated with American Endovascular are recognized worldwide as innovators in the field of complex lower extremity PAD and CLI treatment.
- They have demonstrated success in restoring optimal blood flow by targeting blocked arteries in the ankle and feet using specialized techniques and tools.
- They can treat patients who have been told by other doctors that they have “no other options” than amputation.
- They have access to clinical trials that others do not.
- American Endovascular affiliated team of physicians specialize in treating the small, extremely difficult blocked arteries in the foot and toes that others do not attempt to treat.
Their track record speaks for itself.
The American Endovascular affiliated team of physicians have been able to restore blood flow and salvage treated limbs in 80% of patients that were told they needed a major amputation.
I have worked with both Dr. Herman and Dr. Rundback. They saved the limb of one of my patients that the Endovascular surgeon told me was unsalvageable. I have not found too many doctors willing to restore flow to the foot and the plantar arch and who have been successful. If we want to pride ourselves in being the best we need to associate with the best.