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An alternative to traditional open surgery, endovascular surgery is an innovative, less invasive procedure that offers advantages such as small incisions, less pain and quicker return to normal activities.
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
A common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs. When you develop peripheral artery disease (PAD), your extremities — usually your legs — don't receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand of walking. This causes symptoms, most notably leg pain when walking (claudication), or weakness that can lead to falling.
A condition where the blood flow from the leg to the upper part of the body is prevented due to incompetent valves, which causes the blood flow to reverse directions and result in varicose veins.
An aching, crampy, tired, and sometimes burning pain in the legs that comes and goes -- it typically occurs with walking and goes away with rest -- due to poor circulation of blood in the arteries of the legs. In very severe claudication the pain is also felt at rest.
Uterine Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumors of the uterus composed of smooth muscle found normally in the uterus. They are also called myomas or leiomyomas. Fibroids are located in different parts of the uterus. UFE (Uterine Fibroid Embolization) or UAE (Uterine Artery Embolization) are slightly different terms for the same procedure. They are nonsurgical alternatives to hysterectomy or other surgical alternatives in the treatment of uterine fibroids.
Nerve damage in the feet or lower legs. Diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy. When the nerves in the feet are damaged, they no longer warn about pain or discomfort. This can lead to accidental injury to the foot. In diabetics, foot wounds are the major reason for limb loss in the United States.
An open sore on the foot. It can be a shallow red crater that involves the surface of the skin, or a very deep crater, involving tendons, bones and other deep structures.
Foot Ulcers that become infected can develop into: An abscess (a pocket of pus), spreading infection of the skin and underlying fat (cellulitis), bone infection (osteomyelitis), or gangrene.
Among diabetic patients, most severe foot infections that ultimately require some or part of the toe, foot or lower leg to be amputated start as a foot ulcer.
Gangrene refers to dead or dying body tissue(s) that occur because of inadequate blood supply. Atherosclerosis or Diabetes increase the chance of Gangrene. Treatment usually includes surgery to eliminate tissue which is dead, use of antibiotics as well as other treatments. Recovery prognosis is good when the gangrene is recognized early and treated quickly.
Signs & Symptoms to look for include: A black or blue discoloration of the skin, numb feeling proceeded by pain that is severe, or discharge which is foul-smelling and leaks from the wound or sore.