Peripheral Vascular Disease
You may be suffering from the signs of peripheral vascular disease, or PVD, which often results from a narrowing of blood vessels carrying blood to the legs, arms, stomach or kidneys. Symptoms include:
- Pain or tingling in your feet or toes
- Pain or discomfort in the legs and buttocks while walking (called intermittent claudication)
- Discolored or swollen skin
- Sores that do not heal
You Are Not Alone
Peripheral vascular disease is very common, and affects approximately 5 - 10% of people over age 55.
The two principal goals of PVD treatment are: first, to reduce or manage pain to resume physical activity; and, second, to stop plaque from continuing to build on arterial walls. Lifestyle changes and cholesterol and blood pressure lowering medications have the potential to make significant strides towards these treatment goals. However, if these measures are not enough, a physician may recommend more aggressive treatment options. Treatment decisions are made following a discussion between patients and their physicians.
Bypass surgery is a surgical procedure that allows blood to flow around, or bypass, the blocked or narrowed artery. Physicians create a graft bypass using a vessel from another area of the body or a synthetic vessel made of fabric.
An angioplasty is an example of a minimally-invasive, endovascular procedure to open the blocked artery. This procedure involves inserting small, flexible catheters into a blood vessel and guiding them to the blockage. A medical "balloon" is inserted to widen blocked arteries. The balloon presses against the inside wall of the artery to open the space and improve blood flow. A metal stent is often placed across the artery wall to keep the artery from narrowing again.
MagellanTM Robotic System
The Magellan Robotic System may be used during minimally-invasive, endovascular procedures to help provide the physician enhanced, robotic precision and control, with the potential for increased:
- Access: A Magellan Robotic Catheter is inserted through a small incision near your groin.
- Maneuverability: Your doctor uses Magellan to robotically steer a catheter and guide wires through your blood vessels.
- Accuracy: Magellan helps your doctor reach the target and complete your procedure.
People just like you have said yes to Magellan, because in many cases, Magellan has the potential to deliver a number of benefits over more invasive surgical approaches, including:
- Less pain
- Shorter procedural time
- Fewer complications
- Faster return to the things you love most