Dr. Nader Chadda and his team of skilled nurses, surgeons and technicians perform mesenteric and renal artery stenting to treat renal and mesenteric artery occlusive disease. A fatty substance referred to as plaque accumulates within artery walls, Hardening of the arteries produces atherosclerosis, which represents a serious medical condition that impacts around one-third of all Americans. The accumulation of plaque narrows renal arteries that supply blood to the kidneys. Mesenteric arteries supply blood to the intestines. Narrowing kidney and/or intestinal arteries can significantly reduce the amount of blood flowing to the two vital organs.
CAUSES OF MESENTERIC AND RENAL ARTERY OCCLUSIVE DISEASE
The narrowing of renal and mesenteric arteries often occurs around the same time other artery hardening diseases form in the body, especially heart disease. Causes of the accumulation of plaque that reduces the size of artery openings include growing older, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and a family history of atherosclerosis. Lifestyle influences such as smoking and sedentary behavior also plays a role in the development of renal and mesenteric artery occlusive disease. Smoking is by far the number one causes of cardiovascular disease.
Artery blockage in the renal arteries that provide blood to the kidneys can be caused by a medical condition called fibromuscular dysplasia, which affects women between the ages of 20 and 40. Fibromuscular dysplasia triggers the excessive growth of tissue within renal arteries. Tissue overgrowth leads to accumulation of plaque, which eventually disrupts blood flow to the kidneys.
DIAGNOSING MESENTERIC AND RENAL OCCLUSIVE DISEASE
Plaque accumulation in the renal arteries typically prompts an increase in blood pressure, which is the first sign we discover of the disease. For the narrowing of mesenteric arteries, Dr. Chadda and his team of cardiovascular specialists notice significant weight losses in our patients. Moreover, if you suffer from mesenteric occlusive disease, you can experience acute pain while consuming food.
After discovering the initial symptoms of mesenteric and renal occlusive disease, our team of experienced technicians performs one of more of the following tests to confirm our diagnosis:
- Duplex Ultrasound
- CT Scan
- Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)
TREATMENT OF MESENTERIC AND RENAL ARTERY OCCLUSION DISEASE
The treatment of mild cases of mesenteric and renal artery occlusion disease includes making lifestyle changes, such as stop smoking and engaging in regular exercise. Managing other health concerns like diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure also contributes to the treatment of mild cases of the renal and mesenteric artery disease.
For serious cases of renal and mesenteric artery blockages, our clinic performs a procedure to increase the openings in the affected arteries. Dr. Chadda performs stenting to enhance the supply of blood to the kidneys and/or intestine. Stenting represents a non-invasive procedure that eliminates the need to implement surgical techniques. After a stenting procedure to clean up the renal and mesenteric arteries, most our patients go home within 24 hours of the procedure.
MORE ABOUT STENTING
A stent is a very small wire mesh tube delivered by Dr. Chadda using a threading technique. Dr. Chadda makes a small incision near the location of the partially blocked arteries, and then he begins to thread a stent secured to a catheter. Once Dr. Chadda reaches the section of an artery where plaque has formed, he places a stent in the artery to ensure it remains open after he removes the harmful plaque.
Stenting is most effective on small diseased areas of renal and mesenteric arteries. Larger diseased areas require invasive surgeries to clear the mesenteric and renal arteries. Stenting usually requires only the application of a local anesthetic over the area where Dr. Chadda makes an incision. If you feel overly anxious because of the procedure, we can use a stronger medication to calm the nerves.
If you observe the initial signs of mesenteric and renal artery occlusion disease, contact our clinic to schedule an appointment that allows us to perform one or more of the tests that confirm diagnosis of the disease. We will answer all of your questions, from how to prepare for stenting and what you need to do when you get home after the procedure.