May 10, 2007 07:15 ET

REMINDER: ORLive Presents: Minimally Invasive Procedures Helping Patients Suffering From Circulation Blockages in Their Legs

Live Webcast: From Sentara Norfolk General Hospital: May 10, 2007 at 3:00 PM EDT (19:00 UTC)

NORFOLK, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 10, 2007 -- On Thursday, May 10 at 3:00 PM EDT accomplished vascular surgeons will demonstrate the safety and efficacy of the minimally invasive procedure that treats poor leg circulation as it happens during a live, global webcast on from an endovascular suite at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.

Dr. Marc H. Glickman, FACS, internationally renowned vascular surgeon at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, is moderating the procedure. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Gordon Stokes, FACS, vascular surgeon, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

About 1 in 37 Americans suffer from peripheral vascular disease (PVD), a disease often caused by a narrowing of the vessels that carry blood to and from leg and arm muscles. By age 65, 1 in 5 Americans will have this very serious disease that if left untreated, could result in limb amputation from gangrene. Diagnosis is critical, as people with PVD are also 6 to 7 times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.

Patients have traditionally undergone a highly invasive open procedure where a surgeon performs bypass surgery. Open procedures require up to a 10-day hospital stay, general anesthesia, and several weeks of post-operative recovery.

Now with endovascular procedures, patients have an alternative to a traditional, lengthy surgery with improved recovery times that most times require less than an overnight hospital stay.

During this procedure, doctors may use an ultrasound to gain a real-time view of vessels just before a puncture is made in the femoral artery. Once the access is made, a tiny tube or catheter is threaded into the artery. During the procedure other tools used to open the vessel and restore blood flow to the depleted limbs will be inserted through the catheter.

Vascular surgeons at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital use some of the latest advances in vascular technology during these minimally invasive procedures. Today, doctors may rely on a tiny blade to shave away plaque built up in the arteries causing the blockage. The shaved plaque will be collected in a basket on the device and totally removed from the patient. Other tools used during these procedures include a "cool" laser to vaporize the blockage or even stents to prop open vessels and restore blood flow.

"Our patients have an 85% success rate versus the 50% offered through traditional surgeries," says Glickman, director of vascular services at Sentara Healthcare. "We are offering patients who may not qualify for surgery because of the seriousness of their condition, improved circulation without all of the risks and complications associated with surgery."

Symptoms of Peripheral Vascular Disease

Painful cramping of leg or hip muscles during walking or exercise
Numbness, weakness or feeling of heaviness in legs
Burning or aching feet or toes while at rest
Cool skin in specific areas of legs or feet
Color changes in skin in arms or legs
Toe and foot sores that do not heal promptly
Risk Factors for Peripheral Vascular Disease
High blood pressure or high cholesterol
Family History of Heart Disease
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