Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
Once you and your doctor have decided on the treatment best suited to your condition, you will become involved with a team of specialists who are responsible for the procedure from beginning to end.
Interventional radiology is a subspecialty of radiology. These doctors have completed years of additional training in interventional procedures – catheterization, angioplasty, stent placement, and the use of other devices to remove plaque from the inside of the arteries. They perform image-guided procedures for diagnosis and treatment of many different areas in the body. They often use catheter-based, minimally invasive treatments to minimize risk to the patient.
Vascular surgeons specialize in surgeries and minimally invasive catheter-based procedures with diseases in the vascular system, arteries, or veins.
Nurses are a critical part of your care team. They assist the interventional radiologist or surgeon, and it is their responsibility to manage your care and comfort at each stage of the procedure – from preparation to recovery.
A cath lab technician is a person who has been trained in the use of X-ray equipment and to assist the doctor and nurse with interventional radiology procedures in the catheterization lab, or "cath lab," where the procedure is performed.
Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.