Intestinal Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Treatment | MedStar Health

Treatments to improve blood flow to the intestines

Intestinal peripheral artery disease (PAD) occurs when there is a blockage in one of the vessels supplying blood to the intestines or bowel. If left untreated, blood flow can decrease, and the delicate digestive tissues can be damaged.

Doctors in our Vascular and Endovascular Program are nationally known for their expertise and skill in vascular procedures. We have surgeons at multiple locations throughout the region so you can get specialized care close to home.

What to expect from intestinal PAD treatment

Your doctor will work with you to determine the most effective treatment for your unique condition. They may recommend:

  • Angioplasty: Using a thin, flexible tube called a catheter, the doctor will guide a small balloon to the blocked vessel and inflate the balloon to open the vessel.

  • Bypass: A vessel taken from another part of the body or a synthetic vessel is surgically connected above and below the blockage. This creates a new pathway for your blood to travel to the intestinal tissue.

  • Medication: Certain medications can dissolve blood clots that block blood flow through an artery.

  • Stent: A catheter is used to place a wire mesh tube within a narrow artery to support the artery walls and keep it open.

  • Surgery: The blocked artery can be cleared by creating an incision in the artery and removing the plaque buildup.


Intestinal Ischemia

Intestinal ischemic syndrome occurs when your intestines don’t get enough blood flow because of blockages in the major arteries that bring blood to the intestines.


Abdominal Duplex Ultrasound

Abdominal duplex ultrasound is a combination of a traditional and Doppler ultrasound that assesses the blood vessels in your abdomen for blockages or aneurysms.

Angiogram (Angiography)

An angiogram is a special X-ray taken as a special dye is injected through a thin, flexible tube called a catheter to detect blockages or aneurysms in blood vessels.

Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan

The cardiac computed tomography scan, or cardiac CT, uses X-rays to create three-dimensional images of your heart and blood vessels.

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

An electrocardiogram, also known as an ECG, measures the heart’s electrical activity.

Our locations

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MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

201 E. University Pkwy.
Baltimore, MD 21218

MedStar St Mary's Hospital

25500 Point Lookout Rd.
Leonardtown, MD 20650

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

110 Irving St. NW
Washington, DC 20010

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

3800 Reservoir Rd. NW
Washington, DC, 20007

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

18101 Prince Philip Dr.
Olney, MD 20832

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

7503 Surratts Rd.
Clinton, MD 20735

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