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Peripheral Vascular Disease/Peripheral Artery Disease

Minimally invasive treatments for PAD

At Metro Heart & Vascular, our specialists are nationally-recognized experts in the minimally-invasive treatment of patients with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).

Minimally invasive surgery, or laparoscopic surgery, is performed through one or more small incisions, unlike open surgery which requires large incisions. For most patients, this leads to a shorter stay in the hospital, a faster recovery with significantly less pain and in some cases, better overall results. Minimally invasive surgery may also allow more people who may not have qualified for open surgery to undergo surgical repair.

We use angioplasty and stenting to treat PAD, often clearing blockages down to the fingers and toes. Using imaging for guidance, our specialists thread a catheter into the blocked artery. A balloon is then inflated to open the blood vessel where it is narrowed or blocked. In some cases, the vessel is then held open with a tiny metal cylinder called a stent.

This treatment is minimally invasive and does not require surgery; just a nick in the skin the size of a pencil tip. Our specialists use these procedures to treat PAD, clearing blockages in small areas and saving legs, fingers and toes from amputation. To view some of our patients’ stories, click here.

The specialists at Metro Heart & Vascular offer a full array of heart and vascular services. For more information or to schedule an appointment at any one of our six locations in the West Michigan area, call (616) 252-5950.

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