Experiencing frequent leg cramps, numbness in the legs, or even leg hair loss could indicate peripheral artery disease — a condition that impedes blood flow. At Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care in White Plains, New York, expert providers specialize in peripheral interventions to restore circulation in the arteries. To schedule a treatment consultation, call Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care or book an appointment online today.
Peripheral interventions, also called peripheral intervention therapy or peripheral vascular interventions, are minimally invasive procedures that treat peripheral artery disease.
During peripheral interventions at Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care, your provider restores blood flow to your arteries in the lower extremities. Many vascular conditions can impact blood flow in the legs and lead to complications like clots and ulcers. Two of the most common peripheral intervention techniques are:
During angioplasty and stenting, your provider uses a catheter with a balloon on the tip to expand your arteries. After inflating the balloon to widen the artery, they place a stent to hold it open.
Atherectomy is a type of peripheral intervention that involves the physical removal of plaque from the inside of an artery with a blade or drill on a catheter.
Peripheral interventions treat peripheral artery disease — a vascular condition affecting the arteries. Over time, a substance called plaque builds up along the artery walls and constricts its size. Also called atherosclerosis, the process makes the artery narrower so blood can’t flow through it as easily.
While peripheral artery disease can affect any artery, it’s most common in the legs. Your risk of developing peripheral artery disease is higher than average if you smoke, have high blood pressure, have high cholesterol, or are over 60 years old.
Because peripheral interventions are minimally invasive, you can expect a brief recovery period once you leave the clinic. You’ll need to take a few days off from work to recover but can expect to be back to your routine within a few days to a week. You might experience some slight bruising at the site where the catheter entered.
While bruising is normal, some developments after a peripheral intervention procedure are not. Contact Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care if the catheter site seems to get bigger, is painful, or leaks yellow or brown fluid. You should also contact the office if you have a fever or experience excessive swelling near the treatment site.
To schedule your consultation for peripheral interventions, call Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care or book an appointment online today.