Peripheral Arterial Disease & Skin Perfusion Vascular Testing

Peripheral Arterial Disease & Skin Perfusion Vascular Testing

Peripheral Arterial Disease & Skin Perfusion Vascular Testing services offered in Anaheim, CA

Peripheral arterial disease causes reduced circulation in your legs and feet, depriving the tissues of oxygen and healing cells. Wound care specialist Wayne Rash, DPM, of Anaheim Wound Care in Anaheim, California, uses skin perfusion vascular testing to assess blood flow through your leg arteries and determine your best treatment. Dr. Rash specializes in advanced wound diagnostics and therapies that help heal ulcers caused by peripheral arterial disease. To benefit from Dr. Rash’s expertise in peripheral arterial disease and skin perfusion vascular testing, call Anaheim Wound Care today or book an appointment online.

Plaque build-up is typically due to:

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking

You’re more likely to develop PAD if your family has a history of atherosclerosis.

If you don’t get the correct treatment for PAD, clots can form that completely block the artery. These blockages can cause critical limb ischemia (CLI) and severe leg pain.

If you have critical limb ischemia, you must get urgent treatment to restore the circulation in your legs and feet. Without it, the tissues could die from a lack of oxygen (gangrene). Gangrene could require amputation to save the limb.

What is skin perfusion vascular testing?

Skin perfusion vascular testing is an accurate method of evaluating blood flow to tissues affected by peripheral arterial disease. It involves having a non-invasive Doppler scan.

Dr. Rash uses skin perfusion vascular testing to assess how ulcers caused by PAD would respond to wound healing treatment. It’s also used to determine when amputation is the best course of action.

How is peripheral arterial disease treated?

Lifestyle changes are vital to your PAD treatment plan. Most causes of PAD are controllable, so making changes stops the damage from worsening and can help reverse it.

Changes you should consider include:

  • Losing weight
  • Stopping smoking
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Exercising regularly

It’s also important to correctly manage underlying disorders like high blood pressure and diabetes.

Some patients need to take medications that widen their arteries or anticoagulant drugs to prevent clots from forming.

How are arterial ulcers treated?

Anaheim Wound Care specializes in treating the arterial ulcers that PAD causes. Dr. Rash thoroughly cleans and debrides the wound, removing all the dead and diseased tissues. He assesses the arterial blood flow using skin perfusion vascular testing and evaluates the ulcer for infection with real-time bacterial fluorescence imaging.

Dr. Rash uses advanced wound care treatments to encourage healing and new tissue growth. These treatments might include:

  • Amnion membrane allografts
  • Multi-layer compression therapy
  • Epidermal grafting
  • Noncontact low-frequency ultrasound
  • Oxidized regenerated cellulose silver
  • Native collagen
  • Specialty dressings and wraps
  • Skin substitutes
  • Skin biologic therapy

Dr. Rash creates a personalized treatment plan for you that offers the best chance of recovery from ulcers caused by PAD.

If you have peripheral arterial disease and are developing ulcers, call Anaheim Wound Care for expert assessment and treatment.