For many years, vascular procedures required making a large incision around the legs and a long recovery time. Today’s patient has minimally-invasive alternatives available which means less trauma to the tissues and a faster healing time. Patients with any type of blockage or aneurysm in the arteries can undergo minimally invasive or endovascular therapies to restore proper blood circulation and enjoy a better quality of life. We use the latest technologies and techniques to ensure optimal results.
Angioplasty and Stents
An angioplasty can be an attractive alternative to open surgery when the arteries are blocked or clogged with plaque buildup. A balloon is delivered to the area where the blockage is occurring via a small tube and a catheter is threaded through the vein to inflate the balloon so that it breaks down obstructive plaque. In some cases, a stent is placed to keep the vessel open during the procedure. These small metallic devices serve as a scaffolding to hold the artery wide open.
Another option for patients with blocked arteries involves clot-dissolving drugs that are delivered to the blockage site with a catheter. A high concentration of the drug is administered directly to the blockage so that the clot can be broken down and easily removed.
We can treat vessel blockages with endovascular techniques and also manage conditions such as aneurysms that appear at the site of a weakened vessel wall. In these cases, a stent graft is placed inside the weakened vessel to take some of the pressure off the area and eliminate the risk of rupture. Aneurysms of the abdomen are typically treated with endovascular techniques. Stent grafts can be used to treat aneurysms of the aorta and other blood vessels.
Learn more about minimally invasive and endovascular therapies by scheduling your appointment at our Los Angeles or Glendale office today.