Peripheral Arterial Disease of the Legs - Other Treatment
Angioplasty is used for severe disease that causes pain and limping during exercise, pain when at rest, or open sores. It works best in larger arteries, where it is used to increase blood flow in a narrowed artery.
During this procedure, a small, thin tube called a catheter is inserted through a blood vessel in the
groin and guided to the affected artery. When the catheter reaches the
narrowed part of the artery, the surgeon inflates a balloon. The balloon
presses the plaque against the wall of the artery. This improves blood flow.
A small, expandable tube called a
stent may be placed in a blood vessel to help hold it
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Complementary and alternative medicine
Alternative treatments, such as
ginkgo biloba and carnitine, might help leg
pain and may improve how well you can walk. But these are not proven treatments and may not work for everyone.