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Recovery & Support for Aortoiliac Occlusive Disease

NYU Langone doctors help you manage the symptoms of aortoiliac occlusive disease, no matter how mild or severe they are. During annual follow-up visits, your doctor monitors the aorta and the iliac arteries using Doppler ultrasound. He or she checks for new plaque buildup and examines the condition of any stents that were placed in the arteries.

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Rehabilitation After Surgery

If you’ve had surgery for aortoiliac occlusive disease, specialists at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation can provide rehabilitation and support services. Immediately after surgery, a physical therapist begins helping you recover your strength and ability to walk safely. 

Some people with persistent weakness or complications from aortoiliac occlusive disease may have inpatient rehabilitation at Rusk Rehabilitation. A physiatrist—a doctor who specializes in rehabilitation medicine—evaluates you and arranges inpatient rehabilitation that suits your needs.

When you get out of the hospital, you may have home rehabilitation therapy or a visiting nurse to help you during recovery. Then your NYU Langone physiatrist can prescribe outpatient rehabilitation at Rusk Rehabilitation. 

Therapy is designed to help you return to your normal level of function and to control limb swelling. You also learn techniques to help you prevent falls, improve coordination, negotiate stairs, and improve endurance.

Our rehabilitation doctors, who specialize in limb-loss rehabilitation, can prescribe a prosthetic limb and outpatient rehabilitation therapy after amputation. This includes instruction on the proper use of a bandage wrap and strengthening exercises to help you walk using the prosthetic limb.

Other NYU Langone specialists can assist you with weight management and nutrition. They offer strategies that can help you keep your weight, blood pressure, and diabetes under control.

NYU Langone also offers Tobacco Cessation Programs to help you quit smoking.

Our Research and Education in Aortoiliac Occlusive Disease

Learn more about our research and professional education opportunities.