Aortoiliac occlusive disease treatments work to control the symptoms and stop the progression of the disease. It is possible to positively affect your artery condition with a few lifestyle changes. First, quit smoking. Tobacco not only damages your arteries, but also increases complications related to aortoiliac occlusive disease. To slow atherosclerosis, strive for a healthy weight. A low-fat and high-fiber diet will help your arteries become healthier. Introduce walking a few times a week into your routine.
You may be prescribed medications to lower blood sugar, blood pressure and blood cholesterol. Other medications may be given to improve blood flow and relax blood vessel walls.
Angioplasty, a nonsurgical procedure used to open heart arteries, also is used to reopen arteries and reduce blockage in the legs. A stent may also be placed inside the artery to keep it open.
Ohio State’s vascular surgeons are experienced in the use of all other technologies for minimally invasive treatment of peripheral artery diseases including cryoplasty, mechanical atherectomy, laser atherectomy and pharmacomechanical thrombolysis.
Vascular surgery, including creating a bypass graft using a blood vessel from another part of the body or a tube made of synthetic material, may be recommended. The graft is placed in the area of the blockage to reroute blood flow.