Numbness, cramps, weakness, foot wounds, discoloration, and cold feet: They’re all warning signs of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). PAD is a condition where blood flow to the legs, feet, and toes is decreased due to plaque buildup on arterial walls, causing the peripheral arteries to narrow (atherosclerosis).
Dr. Zagum Bhatti, Vascular Interventional Radiologist at Modern Vascular of Houston, says, “The largest risk factor for PAD is diabetes. But smokers and those with high blood pressure or high cholesterol are also at risk.” At Modern Vascular of Houston, Dr. Bhatti and his team are committed to aggressive treatments for PAD using
minimally-invasive, image-guided procedures.
“For best results, it is critical to revascularize the arteries below the knee and in the foot,” says Dr. Bhatti. “Here at Modern Vascular, we have the resources to accomplish this. We perform below the ankle revascularization. This relieves rest pain, heals foot ulcers, and usually can prevent amputation. Patients can move again, and they feel better.”
All revascularizations at Modern Vascular are outpatient procedures and take about two hours. Patients go home the same day. In addition to treating PAD through interventional radiology, Dr. Bhatti recently began seeing patients for osteoarthritic knee pain and uterine fibroids. Both are conditions that also can be effectively treated using Modern Vascular’s minimally-invasive procedures.
“I find this field fascinating,” says Dr. Bhatti, “We can reach any part of the body through a pinhole in the skin to treat an array of disorders. Disease treatments that once involved major surgeries including knee replacement surgeries and hysterectomies, can now be done in an outpatient facility. Because of this technology, I have the potential to make a big impact in the lives of a broad range of patients.”
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Bhatti for any of these conditions, you can contact the clinic directly at 346-758-8414 or call 1-866-4PAD HELP.