Narrowing and occlusion of arteries in the lower leg can lead to calf pain when walking, chronic foot pain, ulceration and necrotic (dead) tissue and/or toes. Left untreated, this condition can lead to the need for amputations in some patients.
The vascular surgery team at the Lister offers a range of imaging with the assistance of radiology department colleagues to help identify the site of disease. As a result, both surgical (bypass, endarterectomy and embolectomy) and radiological (angioplasty and stenting) treatment options are available to treat the narrowing in a blood vessel and improve symptoms for patients with the condition. Despite these surgical procedures, some patients with very complex conditions may still require amputations.