Treatment for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) focuses on reducing symptoms and preventing further progression of the disease. In most cases, lifestyle changes, exercise and claudication medications will slow or halt the progression or symptoms of PAD.
Learn more about minimally invasive PAD treatments
In cases in which lifestyle modifications are not enough or symptoms are more severe, a minimally invasive surgery may be required. This can usually be done in the catheterization lab, where a catheter is inserted in the artery and the blockage is either removed or a balloon pushes the plaque aside (an angioplasty procedure) and a stent is placed inside the artery to help the artery stay open and allow restored blood flow.
Sometimes a long portion of the artery may be blocked. In this case it might be necessary to harvest a vein from another part of the body and use it to bypass the blocked area. You and your doctor should discuss which option is most appropriate for your condition.