MUNSTER | An interventional cardiologist in the Community Healthcare System is using a new treatment option for people who suffer from peripheral arterial disease, or PAD.
Dr. Prakash Makam recently performed the procedure on Lansing resident Sandy Fantin, a longtime hairdresser who developed PAD, which occurs when plaque buildup in the peripheral arteries blocks blood flow.
Symptoms include leg pain and cramps and tissue loss that can lead to limb amputation.
The new treatment, which can be done in an outpatient setting for some patients, implants stents that slowly release a drug to block cell proliferation. It is a minimally invasive procedure.
“Minimally invasive techniques benefit our patients by reducing their procedure time and ultimately getting them back to their normal activities sooner,” Makam said. “Drug-eluting stents have been used in the heart arteries for several years with great results so this latest drug-eluting stent for the legs is an exciting milestone in cardiovascular medicine.
"We are making real advances in the treatment of PAD that will lead to fewer amputations and a better quality of life for so many people."