Peripheral Vascular Disease Treatments

Peripheral Vascular Disease Treatment in Burlington, VT

Peripheral vascular disease treatment involves modifying the behaviors that increase risk for the disease – through changes such as a commitment to quit smoking, or lowering high cholesterol or high blood pressure

At Fletcher Allen in Burlington, VT, our specially trained vascular surgeons offer expert care in a personalized manner, working closely with patients and their families. We offer the latest surgical treatments for peripheral vascular disease, as well as medical management and help with lifestyle modifications. 

We are committed to patient education through all stages of your treatment. We want to make sure you and your family have all the information you need to make the best decisions about your care.

Treatment options for PVD at Fletcher Allen include:

  • Non-Surgical Treatments, including:
    • Lifestyle Changes
    • Medications
  • Surgery, including:
    • Angioplasty and Stenting
    • Bypass Surgery

Non-Surgical Treatments

Lifestyle Changes - Atherosclerosis, an underlying cause of claudication and peripheral artery disease, often results from unhealthy habits and lifestyles. At Fletcher Allen, we are dedicated to patient education and techniques to help you change your habits and adopt a healthy lifestyle. Changes such as a commitment to quit smoking, exercise and weight loss will help improve your symptoms. Our vascular team will help you access the resources you need to modify your lifestyle. 

Medications - Medication can be an effective option for treating claudication. At Fletcher Allen, we offer the full range of medical therapies and the latest pharmaceutical products available to treat your problem. Our vascular team helps patients manage their condition medically. Cilostazol (Pletal) and Trental (Pentoxifylline) may be prescribed to help improve blood flow and reduce pain while walking. In addition, statins, which help lower cholesterol, may be recommended. Medications to control high blood pressure also may be useful. 

Peripheral Vascular Disease Surgery

Our highly trained vascular surgeons perform the latest surgical techniques to treat peripheral vascular disease. Patients can be assured of working with experienced and knowledgeable surgeons, with access to the latest, cutting-edge technology. There are two main types of surgery performed for this disease. They include:

Angioplasty and Stenting - With this minimally invasive procedure, vascular surgeons insert a catheter with a special balloon on the end into the blood vessels. The catheter is guided to the blocked area in the leg. Once the artery is open, the surgeon may place a stent -- a tiny wire mesh tube -- in the artery to keep it open and allow blood to flow more freely. Learn more about angioplasty and stenting at Fletcher Allen.

Bypass Surgery - Bypass surgery is an open surgical procedure used to treat claudication and peripheral artery disease. Vascular surgeons use a variety of methods to re-route arterial blood flow around the blockage. This creates a new pathway for blood to flow around the narrowed or blocked artery in your leg. Learn more about bypass surgery at Fletcher Allen.

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