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We Save Lives & Legs!

We Save Lives & Legs!

Our mission at University Vascular Associates (UVA) is to treat vascular disease. Unfortunately, sometimes this means amputation as one of the most serious complications of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in the lower extremities is the need to carefully and surgically remove part or most of the affected leg. How does one go from poor blood flow to the leg to requiring amputation?

Well, the step between relates to a formation of a wound. If an individual has a leg with poor blood supply and develops a wound, the underlying vascular disease (usually complicated by diabetes) makes healing of the wound difficult and slow. Left unchecked, the wound can become infected and spread to occupy a greater portion of the leg. If the infection expands enough, it can become a systemic (total body) problem putting the life of the patient at risk. Therefore, removal of the entire or part of leg is what is necessary to save a life.

Fortunately, peripheral vascular disease is usually treatable and the surgeons at UVA have been using office-based minimally invasive approaches to treat patients with serious disease. If you are over 50, smoke, have diabetes or coronary artery disease, you are at risk for PAD. Don’t go unchecked and run the risk of loss of limb or life—call or write UVA today for a consultation.

 

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June 10-16 is National Men’s Health Week

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The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

University Vascular is recognizing Men’s Health Week by calling attention to the scores of men who may have peripheral artery disease (PAD) and not even know it. PAD is a clinical condition caused by a lack of blood flow to the extremities, and most commonly affects the legs. Symptoms can include lower extremity pain, numbness and tingling, and even ulcers that do not heal normally. Patients at risk for PAD are also at increased risk for heart disease, stroke, and erectile dysfunction (ED).

Men at high risk for PAD are typically over 50, diabetic, smokers, and have a history of high blood pressure. While PAD is very serious and can lead to loss of a limb or death, treatment can straightforward. The vascular surgeons at University Vascular have developed RESTORE, an innovative procedure that treats PAD with an office-based procedure that allows the majority of patients to go home the same day, avoiding a lengthy and involved bypass procedure.

Celebrate Men’s Health Week by calling University Vascular and get screened for PAD.

 

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