Introducing Marshall, a 73-year-old man from Mesquite, TX
Marshall was experiencing numbness and tingling in his left foot. His foot often felt cold and he was feeling pain at night. Marshall wanted relief from his discomfort and was scared about losing his foot. He already had a partial amputation of his right leg and wanted to do everything he could to save his left leg. Marshall called for an appointment with the best vein doctors in Dallas: Precision VIR. He trusted the doctors at Precision VIR to give him the best vein treatment and save his leg.
Marshall met with Dr. Aaron Ashton, MD, at Precision VIR’s Dallas office. Dr. Ashton diagnosed Marshall with Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) with total chronic occlusion (blockage) of both the anterior tibial artery and the posterior artery. To explain, PAD is a condition that causes poor blood circulation to the kidneys, intestines, arms, legs, and feet. Blood flow may be reduced or blocked by narrowed or hardened blood vessels. This can lead to tissue and nerve injury or damage. It affects 20% of Americans 65 and older and is very common in patients with diabetes and hypertension and in patients who are smokers. PAD usually results from atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. This happens when cholesterol and scar tissue build up, forming a substance called plaque inside the arteries. It can also happen when clot quickly builds on in an artery. Clogged arteries cause decreased blood flow to the legs, which can cause pain when walking, and eventually even lead to gangrene and amputation.
Without treatment to unblock the arteries, and increase blood flow, Marshall was at risk of losing his left leg. Dr. Ashton recommended the best arterial procedure to treat Marshall’s foot pain and discomfort. Dr. Ashton performed an orbital atherectomy [with CSI diamondback] in combination with an angioplasty of the arteries in the left leg. The atherectomy removed the plaque in the arteries, while the angioplasty enlarged the diameter. Together, the minimally invasive procedures allowed blood to flow in Marshall’s foot, offering relief to the pain and numbness he was feeling.
Minimally invasive procedures have a much faster recovery time and enable patients to return to their normal lives quicker than open, invasive surgery. As one of the best interventional vascular doctors in Dallas, Dr. Ashton was able to diagnose and save Marshall’s foot with little down time. After the procedure, Marshall has a lot more feeling in his foot, and the color in his foot is greatly improved. “Before the procedure, I could stick my foot in a bucket of ice water and never know it!” he explained.
“It Just Works Better Now”
Marshall says that the visit and procedure went smoothly. He recommends Dr. Ashton and Precision VIR to anyone suffering from leg pain and discomfort.
Peripheral Arterial Disease – PAD
Symptoms of PAD include loss of hair on legs, color change in skin of legs or feet, aching in feet or toes when resting, cold legs or feet, sores on legs or feet that won’t heal, aching in feet or toes when resting, and leg or hip pain that stops when you cease activity. If you are experiencing any PAD symptoms, the specialists at Precision VIR will take the time to answer your questions about the best treatment for you. Call one of our 3 locations to request an appointment for an evaluation with an expert doctor at Precision VIR. We will create an individualized plan to help you get the best results.
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