Lower Limb Angioplasty, Stenting and Bypass
Arteries supply oxygen and nutrient rich blood to the periphery under high pressure. This blood is required to feed muscles at rest and more so during exercise. It is also required to heal cuts, scratches and ulcers.
Blockages in the arteries of the leg are common and usually due to atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Atherosclerosis is common as we age and is accelerated by smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Many blockages are not symptomatic however symptoms when they do occur range from calf pain and cramping during exercise through to pain at rest, ulceration and even gangrene.
Any blockages need assessment by a vascular surgeon. Treatments when required aim to overcome these blockages either with the use of balloons and stents to re-open the artery or bypass to go around it. Professor Varcoe is an expert on the treatment of this condition and recognised globally for his contributions in this field. He favours less invasive methods where possible for primary treatment and reserves bypass for when there is no other alternative.
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