‘TUG’ Procedure by Texas Health Dallas Cardiologist Offers Hope to Millions of Patients
As a possible new option for these patients, Dr.
“We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to better care for patients with this debilitating condition,” Dr. Das said. “This procedure could one day be something we offer people who are not suitable candidates for other interventional procedures.”
Called TUG (transcutaneous ultrasound guided vascular intervention), the procedure involves using an ultrasound device on top of the patient’s skin to produce images of the arteries and guide a tiny wire that travels inside the arteries to clear the blockage. A balloon on the end of the wire is inflated to open the artery and a stent placed in the artery to keep it open.
“With the prevalence of diabetes and obesity among an already aging population, the challenges facing those involved in the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral vascular disease increase by the minute,” Dr. Das said. “It’s a problem that will increasingly challenge medical experts around the country in coming years.”
PVD is a common condition affecting more than 10 million adults in
“Currently, PVD patients with kidney problems or allergies to contrast dye can only be treated with medications or open surgery, which carries a higher risk for complications,” said
SOURCE Texas Health Resources