Arterial disease treatment using endovascular surgery
Aneurysms and blockages that affect the main arteries in any part of the body can be treated by endovascular surgeons.
The endovascular surgery specialty at The London Clinic offers treatment for arterial disease such as:
- Aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections
- Narrowing or blockages in the carotid arteries
- Aneurysms or blockages of the visceral arteries
- Subclavian aneurysms
- Femoral aneurysms
- Popliteal aneurysms
- Occlusive peripheral artery disease
Types of arterial disease
Aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections
These occur near the heart in the main oxygen-carrying blood vessel, the aorta.
Narrowing or blockages in the carotid arteries
These are the main arteries that pass through the neck before supplying blood to the brain. Problems here can cause a mini stroke (a transient ischaemic attack – TIA) or an acute stroke.
Sometimes a clot from a carotid artery can break away and lodge in the retinal artery that supplies blood to the retina in the eye. This can cause sudden blindness in one eye, a phenomenon known as amaurosis fugax, or retinal artery occlusion.
Scientific trials have shown open operations have an important place in treatment of narrowed carotid arteries but that endovascular techniques including carotid artery angioplasty with stenting are the preferred options in selected patients.
The London Clinic offers leading expertise in both approaches.
Aneurysms or blockages of the visceral arteries
These are the arteries that lead to organs in the abdomen, such as the arteries to the kidneys, liver and spleen or the vessels that supply blood to the intestines.
These occur in one of the subclavian arteries that branch away from the main aorta in the chest and run just below the collar bone. These arteries carry oxygenated blood into the arms.
Subclavian aneurysms are relatively rare, accounting for only about 1 % of all aneurysms. Treatment has a high success rate and endovascular repair or open surgery is available at The London Clinic.
These develop in one of the femoral arteries that carry blood into the legs.
These account for around 85 % of all peripheral artery aneurysms. These develop in the popliteal artery that runs behind the knee and takes blood into the lower leg.
They cause blood clots to form that then lodge in the artery, causing severe pain due to the lack of oxygenated blood getting down the leg. Without repair, there is a high risk of gangrene and amputation.
Most common in men over 65, popliteal aneurysms can be repaired using endovascular surgery. The surgeon introduces a catheter into the femoral artery in the groin and this is used to put a stent inside the aneurysm.
Occlusive peripheral artery disease
Blockages in the arteries that lead to the legs can cause various conditions and symptoms including intermittent claudication.
This describes pain in the leg muscles that occurs when those muscles are used in walking or other activities.
The more strenuous the activity, the worse the pain, but it stops completely when the leg is still. More severe blockages lead to ischaemic rest pain, which is pain in the leg muscles that occurs all the time, even at rest, due to the lack of oxygenated blood reaching the tissues.
Why choose The London Clinic
Excellence in one place
We operate as teams of experts with world-class resources dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of medical care. You are surrounded by the latest treatments and advice with everything you need to get back to your best health.
Personal care, every time
Exceptional patient care is a way of life for us. Our nurses, clinicians and support teams are dedicated to the care of a very small number of patients, so have more time for you. They’ll be with you every step of the way, tailoring your care around you and giving the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing you’re in the best hands.
We work together as one to guide you through each step of your experience, with complexities unravelled and answers readily to hand. Your personal treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.
What's included in your package?
Choosing The London Clinic means your treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.
Your treatment package will include:
- Enhanced pre-admission assessment
- Your treatment with our complete care team at your fingertips
- Personalised aftercare and follow-up
We want you to be in control of your health. That’s why we also offer optional services such as comprehensive recovery packages and extra touches for you to choose from during your stay with us.
How to pay
- You can use private medical insurance (PMI) to access this treatment. We work with all major PMI providers in the UK and many internationally
- You can pay for yourself (self-pay)
- If you’re paying for yourself, we have finance options available with Chrysalis