Need a Second Opinion?
KNOW YOUR OPTIONS – CONSIDER A SECOND OPINION
You have a right to get a second opinion. PVA wants to give you peace of mind and help you make a more informed decision about your health care and treatment plans.
Peripheral Artery Disease (P.A.D.) is a common circulatory condition in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs. It often presents as severe leg pain, slow-healing wounds and cold lower limbs. Left untreated, it can lead to amputation. The worst part: approximately 50% of lower extremity amputations performed in the United States are done without any prior testing, such as non-invasive vascular studies. That’s why it is important to seek a second opinion if you’ve been told amputation or another surgical procedure is imminent.
When you come to PVA for a second opinion, we will take the time to thoroughly evaluate your medical history, medical records and suggested treatment plan. We will then provide you a range of treatment options and partner with you to help you decide which treatment plan is ideal for your specific situation and overall health.
At PVA, our approach is to create a treatment plan customized for your unique condition and lifestyle with careful consideration given to your overall health, said Dr. Michael Peck, PVA Vascular Surgeon.
Treatment options may include exercise, changes to your diet, or medication. Smoking should be avoided entirely. If there is little improvement through these efforts, minimally invasive procedures such as angioplasty or stenting may be performed to improve circulation and avoid further complications that can lead to amputation. For more advanced cases, surgical bypass or endarterectomy may be necessary to improve blood flow. In some cases, a combination of open surgical technique and endovascular techniques are used. Each patient will have their anatomy, symptoms and risks carefully analyzed to create an individualized treatment plan.
We want you to know your options. Amputation is NOT the only solution. It should be treated as a very last resort, if considered at all, said Dr. Jesus Matos, PVA Vascular Surgeon.
Second opinions are valuable. We want to be your trusted partner for vascular disease and you can expect the following from us when you become our patient:
- Comprehensive and accurate diagnosing of circulatory conditions.
- As vascular surgeons we are the only specialists trained to provide all forms of treatment options for vascular disease including medical management, minimally invasive procedures such as angioplasty and stents, and open surgeries. Our goal is to improve your circulation and save your limb.
- We are committed to excellence and continuity of care. We take care of our patients, and their families, for years to come.
- We are not a one visit practice.Effective management of artery and vein diseases is a commitment. We take ours seriously.
- We are your lifelong partners in vascular care.
If you or a loved one is asking, “When should I get a second opinion?” Tell them to contact PVA today. Visit www.PVAsatx.com or call 210.237.4444.