Lower extremity arterial disease occurs when substances in the blood called plaque build up in a leg artery, creating a blockage. This is a serious condition, because a lack of blood flow can result in chronic leg pain and, when the disease is advanced, open sores, and possibly amputation. NYU Langone vascular specialists treat people who have both mild and severe symptoms of lower extremity arterial disease. As leaders in the field, our doctors provide access to clinical trials evaluating new treatments for this condition and teach emerging techniques to visiting surgeons from around the world.
Our doctors take a minimally invasive approach to managing lower extremity arterial disease whenever possible. They help alleviate or eliminate pain, often on an outpatient basis, and have a high success rate in preventing the loss of a leg, even in people who are told amputation is necessary at other hospitals.
Our doctors often recommend lifestyle changes and medication to treat lower extremity arterial disease. To clear large blockages in a leg artery, they may suggest minimally invasive surgery, such as atherectomy (plaque removal), balloon angioplasty, and the use of stents.
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