- August 18, 2021
- Posted by: cmcdonald
- Categories: PAD Video, Video Library
Q: What should patients know about the Pedal Loop when they’re facing an amputation?
A: Pedal loop angioplasty is a technique whereby we open up the arteries at the very bottom of the blood supply into the leg. The pedal loop is actually the artery inside the foot, which supplies blood supply to the digits, where you may often get ulceration or amputation. What patients need to realize, and is extremely important, is that many doctors will open the arteries down to the knee, or even down to the ankle, but not open the arteries below the ankle within the pedal loop. This may be necessary to provide adequate blood flow for healing. Therefore, it is important if you had a prior procedure and still have non-healing wounds, that you see an expert who is able to treat disease within the pedal loop, restoring flow directly to the wounds.
More videos from the interview with Dr. Rundback of the NJ Endovascular and Amputation Prevention as he explains the Pedal Loop technique:
- How does the Pedal Loop technique help with limb salvage?
- How did the Pedal Loop technique originate?
- Do all specialists perform the Pedal Loop?
- Does the Pedal Loop procedure have to be done in a hospital setting?
- What should patients know about the specialty of Interventional Radiology and the unique ability for Interventional Radiologists to reach small vessels without surgery?
- What is an Interventional Radiologist?