Peripheral Artery Disease

Treating Circulatory Issues in the Leg Using Innovative Techniques

At Texas Vein & Wellness Institute, our board-certified vascular experts diagnose, treat and manage peripheral arterial disease (PAD) using innovative and minimally invasive techniques.

What Is Peripheral Arterial Disease?

Peripheral arterial disease develops in the leg arteries due to a buildup of plaque called atherosclerosis. This plaque buildup is mostly fat, cholesterol and calcium and decreases blood flow to the legs, often resulting in leg pain. Other common peripheral arterial disease symptoms include:

  • A burning or aching sensation in the legs
  • Weak or numb limbs
  • Muscle cramps
  • Sores
  • Infections


However, some patients with PAD are asymptomatic. In some extreme circumstances or in the case of critical limb ischemia, PAD can also lead to gangrene and amputation if left untreated.

How Is Peripheral Arterial Disease Treated? 

There are several treatment options available for PAD. However, all treatment begins with diagnosis. While there are many ways to diagnose PAD, the most common is via an X-ray examination of the blood vessels through an angiography — whether that is a computed tomography angiography (CTA), magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) or catheter-based angiography. 

Once the physician diagnoses PAD, they work with the patient to select the best treatment method. Most treatment methods are minimally invasive, allowing patients to recover quickly. PAD treatment methods include angiography with revascularization, angioplasty, atherectomy and stenting.

How Is Treatment for PAD Performed?

Angiography with revascularization — the process of opening a blocked blood vessel — is a leg-saving treatment option for PAD. This minimally invasive procedure is performed by a Vascular Interventional Radiologist, a specialist with expertise in these techniques. 

Treatment begins with inserting a tiny tube or catheter in the artery in the foot or groin. No incision is made. Instead, the catheter is inserted through a pinhole made in the skin, approximately the width of the tip of a pencil. Using specialized X-ray equipment, the physician passes tools to the site of vessel blockage or narrowing to treat and restore the normal caliber of the vessel.

The entire treatment usually lasts one to two hours. Patients often return home the same day. After a few days of rest and recovery, patients can return to work and resume normal activities. 

Peripheral Arterial Disease Treatment at Texas Vein & Wellness Institute

At Texas Vein & Wellness Institute, our board-certified physicians use state-of-the-art technology and minimally invasive treatment methods to diagnose and treat PAD.

While treating PAD, Dr. Bhatti uses an important imaging modality called intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) to perform a thorough evaluation of vascular disease. This ensures the selection of the most appropriate individualized therapy. Foregoing the use of this vital technology can lead to suboptimal results. IVUS also minimizes the amount of contrast — or X-ray dye — used during the procedure, as an excess of this substance may harm the kidneys.

Dr. Bhatti also believes in an individualized treatment plan. Rather than only managing the easier-to-treat “upstream” disease involving the large vessels above the knee, he also treats disease in arteries below the knees and within the foot. This area is more difficult to treat but is increasingly being seen and is often the true source of patients’ symptoms. This approach is more effective in resolving symptoms and healing diabetic foot wounds, resulting in more durable, long-term outcomes.

Contact Texas Vein & Wellness Institute for PAD Treatment in Houston

If you are seeking peripheral arterial disease treatment in Houston, Texas, contact Texas Vein & Wellness Institute today. We operate six different accredited vein treatment centers in Texas, serving Houston and the surrounding areas. You can depend on our compassionate team of vascular specialists to provide unrivaled care.

Fill out our online contact form or call 281-888-1464 to learn more about our PAD treatment options or schedule a private consultation today.

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