Arterial blockages (known as peripheral arterial disease – PAD) can affect a variety of regions in the body. These blockages are usually caused by a process called atherosclerosis, which is a build up of cholesterol plaques on the inside lining of the artery. The arteries supply oxygen to the various muscles and organs in the body, and the signs and symptoms result from a lack of oxygen to the tissues.
Limbs– blocked arteries affecting the legs can cause pain in the calves, thighs or buttocks when walking (called claudication). With severe blockages, there may be pain in the legs when lying down (sometimes relieved by hanging legs down) or skin ulcer development in the foot/leg. Arterial blockages can rarely occur in the arms.
Neck– blocked arteries in the neck (usually the carotid artery) can cause a stroke or mini stroke when a particle of a cholesterol plaque breaks off, travelling upward and blocking a small artery in the brain. Symptoms can include weakness down one side of the body (hemiparesis), slurred speech, visual disturbance, or facial droop on one side. Sometimes it is advisable to treat a blocked carotid artery to reduce your risk of having a stroke. Please see section on stroke/TIA for more information.
Gut– blocked arteries to the gut (small and large bowel) can cause pain after eating a meal and also undue weight loss.
Kidneys – blocked arteries to the kidneys can cause significant hypertension and decline in renal function.
At Yarra Vascular Surgeons we treat arterial blockages via a number of techniques, including endovascular, open surgery and/or medical management. We strive to ensure that the any intervention we have performed remains optimised. To this end, we arrange regular follow up ultrasound scans and assess the patient’s response to the treatment.
What Makes Us Different
First group Vascular practice in Melbourne which means that you will always receive 24/7 care.
Full range of minimally
invasive and surgical options.
Complimentary vein health consultations & vein health assessment for cosmetic veins for new patients.
Experience dealing with
Insured and non-insured patients are welcome.
Fair and reasonable
Experts in the very latest in minimal invasive endovascular techniques.
Wide range of consulting locations in Victoria.
Book your initial consultation to receive a thorough assessment of your condition
- Yarra Vascular Surgeons consult at various locations across Victoria.
- We offer initial consultations and review appointments, and we can see patients who would like a second opinion.
- At Yarra Vascular Surgeons we aim to see all referrals within two weeks or less, depending on the urgency of the condition.
- We are focussed on providing accessible and timely care to our patients, eliminating waiting times and providing an after hours service.