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Will I Need Surgery For Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)?

If the tests for Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) show that you have blockage in the larger arteries to your feet or legs, surgeons may try to correct it.

One surgery cleans out the artery that is blocked.

Another method, called angioplasty, involves passing a deflated balloon on a tube to the point where the blockage occurs.  Then the balloon is carefully inflated to open the narrowed artery, and sometimes a stent (a tiny metal device shaped like a spring) is inserted in ther artery to keep it open.  This surgery is most successful with a small blockage in a healthy artery.

A third surgical method is to bypass the blocked area by using a blood vessel from another part of the body (or an artificial blood vessel).  While complicated, this surgery can help save the foot.

People with diabetes often have many blockages in the arteries of the lower legs and feet, making it difficult to restore circulation.  The relatively new ability to do bypass surgery down to the small arteries of the foot has saved many legs.  Not all vascular surgeons do this surgery, so check to be sure that yours can.  Your GP will carefully evaluate your condition before recommending surgery.

We have HICAPS available in our clinic, which means that our patients can claim from their private health fund straight away

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