Often dismissed as normal signs of aging, the symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), sometimes go unnoticed until the disease has progressed to the point in which amputating the infected limb is the only option. A new device at Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora is helping save patients from leg amputations and bypass surgeries.
PAD is a common circulatory problem in which deposits of fats, cholesterol and other substances (also known as plaque) build up inside the arteries blocking blood flow to the legs and feet. Symptoms include painful cramping, numbness, or discoloration in the legs or feet.
New lumivascular technology available at Presence Mercy literally lights up the artery from the inside, allowing physicians to better visualize arterial structures during endovascular procedures. The Ocelot is a minimally invasive device that incorporates an imaging fiber on the end of the catheter, which in turn acts like a camera. In the past, physicians have had to rely solely on x-ray as well as touch and/or feel to guide their tools while they try to treat complicated artery disease.
“With the lumivascular approach, I can more accurately navigate the endovascular devices through the artery to treat blockages,” said Dr. Suveer Tatineni, Interventional Radiologist. “Thanks to the images the Ocelot provides from inside the artery, we are able to preserve healthy arterial structures, which we believe will lead to better long-term outcomes.”
The treatment is done through a simple 2mm incision. Patients are able to leave the hospital in a few hours and return to normal activities in a few days.
PAD is an under-recognized epidemic that affects approximately 8 million adults in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control. According to Dr. Tatineni, the goal of lumivascular technology is to prevent leg amputations and bypass surgeries through the use of a more effective, earlier option for treatment.
“This treatment is life changing,” said Dr. Tatineni. “Peripheral artery disease is often overlooked, and we want to help change that.”
About Presence Mercy Medical Center: With family-friendly, patient-centered features like new private rooms and a state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center, Presence Mercy Medical Center is positively impacting the health of Fox River Valley communities. Offering 293 licensed beds and more than 450 physicians, Presence Mercy provides advanced services in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, GI, diabetes care, orthopedics, and maternal/child health.
About Presence Health: Created in November 2011, presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois. With over 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals Presence Health has 20,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals and a revenue base of $2.6 billion.