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Healing the Body’s Circulatory Function

Doctor with patientWhen the vascular system doesn’t function properly, cells are deprived of life-sustaining nutrients and oxygen and eventually, they die. If enough cells die, tissue loss can occur and may lead to severe health problems.

In some cases, a patient’s vascular condition may be improved and managed through medication, diet, exercise, and other lifestyle modifications. For patients whose conditions require surgical or procedural intervention, Deborah Specialty Physicians has a team of skilled physicians specializing in:

  • Endovascular Surgery – A less invasive procedure, this type of surgery is typically performed via a catheter inserted through a small incision and into the patient’s artery. Because there are very few incisions, far less tissue needs to heal, so the benefits include less pain, shorter recovery periods, and better overall outcomes.
  • Open Vascular Surgery – This type of surgery is performed through a large incision, providing the surgeon with full access to the treatment area. Traditional open vascular surgery would be if a substantial amount of diseased or damaged tissue needs to be removed or if the surgical repairs needed are too extensive for the less invasive endovascular procedure. In these cases, the more invasive procedure and longer recovery time would be medically recommended.
Senior with leg cramps.

Do Your Legs Hurt?

In the United States, more than 18 million Americans suffer from Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) which is the hardening of the arteries — also known as “atherosclerosis” — in the limbs, often the legs. Approximately 20 percent of individuals over the age of 60 have PAD, and many of those with PAD do not experience any symptoms, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Peripheral Artery Disease can reduce mobility and increase the risk for heart attack and stroke. If left untreated, PAD can be fatal.

Because vascular disease develops over time, it is important to lead a healthy lifestyle through awareness, prevention and risk reduction.