Peripheral Vascular Disease/Mesenteric Ischemia

Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) affects millions of individuals and, in some cases, can lead to severe pain and decreased mobility. In some cases, arteries can become so narrowed that tissues cannot receive enough blood and oxygen to survive. Patients with diseased arteries often experience pain when walking (claudication) and even pain at rest. MedStar Georgetown interventional radiologists are trained in working inside your arteries to improve and, in some cases, restore blood flow. We use small catheters, placed through a tiny hole in your groin, with x-ray guidance to identify areas of narrowing or occlusion within your arteries. We can remove areas of disease using special tools inside the artery and can place stents to hold the artery open, if necessary. This procedure is performed under sedation, and patients usually go home the same day.

Arterial disease also can affect the arteries of the abdomen, which may lead to abdominal pain that often increases after eating. While your body supplies blood to the intestines through multiple channels, if too many of these are blocked your intestines can become ischemic (without sufficient blood supply). MedStar Georgetown interventional radiologists work with gastroenterologists to determine whether chronic abdominal pain may be caused by arterial disease. We can use catheters within the arteries to your intestines to open blockages, often using small balloons, and can place stents to hold arteries open, if necessary.

For further information or to schedule a consultation with an interventional radiologist, please contact the interventional radiology department at 202-444-5478.

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For further information or to schedule a consultation with an interventional oncologist, please contact the interventional radiology department at

202-444-5478