Occlusive Disease of the Lower Extremity

Ischemic disease of the lower extremities, also called leg ischemia, occurs when an artery in the leg is partially or completely blocked by plaque, limiting blood flow and reducing the amount of oxygen supplied to the leg. Patients with leg ischemia often experience leg pain when walking. In a more severe form, patients may experience pain in their feet and toes while resting and may suffer from wounds and skin ulcers on the legs or feet that fail to heal. The Advanced Ischemic Disease of the Lower Extremity program at the University of Arizona is nationally recognized for its expertise in treating this uncommon but potentially deadly disease.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Treatment begins with state-of-the-art diagnosis in the Vascular Lab, where non-invasive technologies allow our surgeons to accurately diagnose the presence and severity or leg ischemia. Interventions for ischemic disease of the lower extremities include angioplasty (inflating a ballon in the artery to dilate it and/or halt the growth of plaque), the use of stents left in place to hold open arteries, probes and catheters to cut or burn away plaque in the arteries, and open surgery to bypass the arterial blockage.

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For the best surgical care in Tucson, Southern Arizona and the Southwest, you can make an appointment by calling us at (520) 694-1001..