Minimally Invasive Treatment for Peripheral Artery Disease at Chilton Medical Center
Drug-coated balloons are a new type of interventional therapy available at Chilton Medical Center for the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD) in the upper leg, specifically in the arteries in the thigh (superficial femoral artery) and behind the knee (popliteal artery). The device is designed to reopen arteries that have been narrowed or blocked by plaque and deliver a safe and effective medication to the artery wall.
During the procedure, an inflated balloon pushes the plaque away to create a channel for blood flow, and the medication on the balloon surface is absorbed into the artery wall. The balloon is then removed with only the medication left behind. The newly opened vessel enables restored blood flow through the treated artery. Clinical studies have shown the medication helps to keep the artery open longer than other available therapies.
PAD, a form of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, is a potentially life-threatening disease affecting eight to 12 million Americans. PAD commonly affects arteries in the legs and can cause recurrent and painful muscle cramping in the thigh and/or upper calf. This common type of PAD is associated with a high risk of heart disease, and a four to five times increased risk for heart attack or stroke.
Drug-coated balloons represent the latest advancement in PAD care. The device is designed to reopen arteries in the upper legs that have become narrowed or blocked by plaque build-up, and deliver a safe and effective medication to the artery wall that helps keep the artery open longer than other available therapies.
If you have been diagnosed with peripheral artery disease, ask your physician at Chilton Medical Center about drug-coated balloons to determine the treatment option that is best for you.