Peripheral vascular interventions

Author(s): Dr D Maudgil

Hospital: Wexham Park Hospital

Reference: RAD Magazine, 46, 454, 11-12


Over the last few decades there has been a massive growth in the number of peripheral vascular interventional procedures performed by interventional radiologists and vascular specialists around the world. This is due to increasing rates of peripheral artery disease (PAD) and critical limb ischaemia (CLI) and has been facilitated by several factors including:
•better and more available imaging techniques and equipment;
•advances in material technology giving improved catheters, guidewires, balloons, stents, closure devices and embolisation materials;
•increasing numbers of patients opting for minimally- invasive, short-stay treatment rather than surgery (eg in the recent COVID-19 pandemic, day case angioplasty and tumour ablation proved invaluable to reduce patient admission and exposure).

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