Peripheral Vascular Disease

Lower Extremity Percutaneous Interventional Procedures

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) results from the buildup of plaque (atherosclerosis) in the arteries of the legs. For people with PAD, symptoms may be mild, requiring no treatment except modification of lifestyle (smoking cessation, diet modification, increased exercise, medications as indicated). In some people, the blockages may become more extensive, with accompanying pain and disability that limit walking. In the most advanced cases, individuals may be at risk for loss of limbs unless circulation is improved. For these patients with severe PAD, attempts to improve blood flow in the leg are usually indicated. The goals of improving blood flow to the limbs are to reduce pain, to improve functional ability and quality of life, and to prevent limb amputation.

Lower Extremity Percutaneous Interventional Procedures: Volume and Type

2015 – 2018

Cleveland Clinic’s team of vascular surgeons and interventional cardiologists performs a high volume of complex open, percutaneous, and hybrid peripheral vascular interventional procedures.

In 2018, a total of 348 patients had percutaneous interventional procedures for treatment of peripheral artery disease.

Lower Extremity Percutaneous Interventional Procedures: Overall In-Hospital Mortality

2016 – 2018

In 2018, Cleveland Clinic's overall in-hospital mortality rate was 0.5% among patients who had percutaneous interventional procedures as treatment for peripheral artery disease.