- By Dana Sparks
Saving Limbs for Peripheral Arterial Disease Patients
Peripheral arterial disease is a common circulation problem in which reduced blood flow can lead to complications that jeopardize the limbs, possibly even requiring amputation. Mayo Clinic research shows that procedures known as revascularization have reduced the need for amputations 40 percent over two decades. Mayo Clinic vascular surgeon and senior author Peter Gloviczki, M.D., says, “This study shows that the use of endovascular interventions — stents, balloons or other catheter-based interventions — or open surgical bypass effectively reduced the amputation rate.”
The findings will be among several studies presented at the Society for Vascular Surgery annual meeting in San Francisco.
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