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About the Procedure

During this procedure, doctors may use an ultrasound to gain a real-time view of vessels just before a puncture is made in the femoral artery. Once the access is made, a tiny tube or catheter is threaded into the artery. During the procedure other tools used to open the vessel and restore blood flow to the depleted limbs will be inserted through the catheter.

Vascular surgeons at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital use some of the latest advances in vascular technology during these minimally invasive procedures. Today, doctors may rely on a tiny blade to shave away plaque built up in the arteries causing the blockage. The shaved plaque will be collected in a basket on the device and totally removed from the patient. Other tools used during these procedures include a “cool” laser to vaporize the blockage or even stents to prop open vessels and restore blood flow.

“Our patients have an 85% success rate versus the 50% offered through traditional surgeries,” says Glickman, director of vascular services at Sentara Healthcare. “We are offering patients who may not qualify for surgery because of the seriousness of their condition, improved circulation without all of the risks and complications associated with surgery.”

This is the first program in a series of ExploreHealth with Sentara webcasts sponsored by Sentara Healthcare to give medical professionals and consumers the opportunity to view innovative procedures live on the Internet from anywhere in the world. The link for the May 10 live procedure is www.or-live.com/sentara/1955 . The procedure can also be viewed at the same web address at a later, more convenient time.

Symptoms of Peripheral Vascular Disease
Painful cramping of leg or hip muscles during walking or exercise
Numbness, weakness or feeling of heaviness in legs
Burning or aching feet or toes while at rest
Cool skin in specific areas of legs or feet
Color changes in skin in arms or legs
Toe and foot sores that do not heal promptly

Risk Factors for Peripheral Vascular Disease
Diabetes
Smoking
High blood pressure or high cholesterol
Family History of Heart Disease

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is a 569-bed tertiary care facility known regionally and nationally for many of its specialized services. The hospital’s vascular program has earned the distinction as the only center in the U.S. to receive the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations’ (JCAHO) disease specific care certification for vascular services. The center offers patients a dedicated vascular intensive care unit, stepdown unit, and vascular pre- and post procedure area. For more information about Sentara, visit www.sentara.com.

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