shutterstock_149060141-1Have you have been diagnosed as having peripheral arterial disease, or PAD? If so, you may be wondering about what kind of doctor is the best and most qualified to treat your condition. Since one in every 20 Americans over age 50 has PAD, your question is a common one.

If you were fortunate enough to have your PAD diagnosed early, you may be able to manage the symptoms with lifestyle changes – exercise, weight loss, cholesterol control, and quitting smoking. But a lot of people aren’t that lucky, and wonder whether there are more aggressive types of treatment. In this article, the peripheral arterial disease specialists in Phoenix at CiC are here to help explain what you should be looking for in a doctor.

Start with an Interventional Radiology Endovascular Specialist

Interventional Radiology Endovascular Specialists treat PAD. These doctors perform endovascular (inside the blood vessels) procedures, without the need for open surgery. They conduct their procedures using minimally invasive techniques that don’t require incisions, anesthesia, or hospitalization. The procedures are performed via a simple needle puncture, in which a tiny, highly specialized catheter or device is inserted into the arteries. Using medical imaging technology such as fluoroscopy, he catheter is then guided precisely to the exact site of the blockages. Next, balloon angioplasty is used to push the plaque against the artery wall, which expands the artery, or a procedure called atherectomy is used to remove the plaque.

These treatments are quicker and safer than invasive surgery. They are also more convenient for you, because they can be done in the doctors’ offices, without the need to go to a hospital. However, they can also be performed in hospitals by the on-staff interventional radiology physicians if needed. Interventional radiology procedures tend to have good outcomes for the patients. In fact, they can significantly improve or even eliminate PAD symptoms.

Does CiC have specialists like this?

We have some of the best Interventional Radiology Endovascular Specialists in the country. Our Medical Director, Dr. David Lopresti is certified by the American Board of Radiology in both Diagnostic Radiology and Vascular & Interventional Radiology. He has been practicing for over 21 years. Our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joel Rainwater has over 27 years of experience, and is similarly certified. So are our two other CiC Interventional Radiology Endovascular Specialists, Dr. Michael Switzer and Dr. Kevin Duwe.

But it’s not just our doctors’ training and experience that makes CiC special

What makes Comprehensive Interventional Care Centers your best choice for peripheral arterial disease treatment in Phoenix is our patient-centric approach. All of our doctors really care about the patients we see. This level of care extends to every member of our staff, who have been trained to treat you like the individuals you are, with love and respect. As we like to say, “When you pull into our parking lot, you’re only 15 steps from a smile.”

All of this makes a difference, not only in how healthy you can be, but how satisfied you’ll be with your care. So if you have PAD and are looking for the best peripheral arterial disease treatment in Arizona, you really need look no further than CiC. To learn more about PAD treatment call Comprehensive Interventional Care Centers at (480) 374-73542 or visit us on line at to find a specialist near you. Our talented team of PAD experts are happy to assist!

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