- April 8, 2021
- Posted by: cmcdonald
- Categories: PAD Video, Video Library
Q: Why are American Endovascular’s doctors so successful in treating non-healing wounds in patients with chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and other conditions?
A: I myself have been treating dialysis patients for about 25 years in a university setting and also in the outpatient setting. I see about one thousand dialysis patients per year – treating their accesses, maintaining their accesses, and inserting catheters. I know these patients; I know the type of disease we’re dealing with. For example, patients who have minimal renal function may not be able to receive the dye that we usually use for these procedures. Instead, we can use a special carbon dioxide dye and spare the patient any side effects.
In addition, many physicians are not comfortable dealing with the diseases our patients present with. In many cases, these diseases require treating the lesions in the tiny blood vessels. Patients who get a disease in the larger blood vessels are much easier to treat. The difficulty is treating the tiny little blood vessels below the knee and into the foot. The physicians at American Endovascular have been dealing with more complicated cases for years. We’ve refined new techniques that can go directly into the foot vessels from the foot itself and even down deep into the toes. With these newer techniques, we can salvage legs and feet that would otherwise require a major amputation.
More videos from the interview with Dr. Shams of the Lower Manhattan Endovascular Center as he outlines why patients with Chronic Kidney Disease are at a greater risk of developing Peripheral Arterial Disease.
- What is the prevalence of patients who have chronic kidney disease and Peripheral Arterial Disease?
- What are the symptoms of Peripheral Arterial Disease, and how do they typically present in someone who also has chronic kidney disease?
- Are chronic kidney disease patients at greater risk of developing progressive Peripheral Arterial Disease or Critical Limb Ischemia?
- Why should chronic kidney disease patients be concerned if they have Peripheral Arterial Disease?
- If a patient has chronic kidney disease and a non-healing wound, how quickly should they schedule a consultation?
- If a patient needs a procedure with American Endovascular, what can they expect?