Visceral arteries provide essential organs like your spleen, liver, and intestines with oxygen-rich blood that helps them function. At Vascular Surgery Specialists in Phoenix, Arizona, their team of board-certified vascular surgeons provides diagnostic testing and surgical or non-surgical treatments for atherosclerotic mesenteric disease, which occurs when your visceral arteries are blocked or constricted. To find out more about the function of your visceral arteries and available treatments to improve it, call Vascular Surgery Specialists, or book an appointment online today.
Visceral arteries are blood vessels that supply organs like your intestines, spleen, and liver with oxygenated blood. Sometimes, these arteries become clogged or damaged over time due to plaque build-up.
When plaque build-up causes a blockage or restriction within visceral arteries, the organs they enter don’t get the oxygen supply they need to function properly. They might even fail. This condition is called atherosclerotic mesenteric disease and is most common among smokers, the obese, and those who live a sedentary lifestyle.
If you have atherosclerotic mesenteric disease because of plaque build-up and the resulting artery narrowing, your intestines may lack blood supply very quickly or slowly over time. As this happens, you may develop a series of troublesome signs and symptoms. Common signs and symptoms of visceral artery damage and malfunction are:
Over time, acid can accumulate in your blood because of atherosclerotic mesenteric disease and exacerbate your symptoms.
If you have symptoms of atherosclerotic mesenteric disease, the experts at Vascular Surgery Specialists use imaging tests like doppler ultrasound, magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), and computed tomography (CT) scans to view the affected visceral artery or arteries and make a diagnosis.
To treat the visceral arteries and atherosclerotic mesenteric disease effectively, your provider at Vascular Surgery Specialists assesses the stage of your disease in order to choose the right course of treatment. A few available treatments for atherosclerotic mesenteric disease are:
Whether or not you need additional treatment, your provider at Vascular Surgery Specialists may request that you make some healthy changes to your lifestyle to avoid further damage to your visceral arteries. Smoking cessation, weight control, and dietary changes may all be necessary.
Minimally invasive procedures like balloon angioplasty or stenting can widen visceral arteries affected by atherosclerotic mesenteric disease. This improves oxygenated blood flow into your intestines, spleen, and liver.
In some severe cases, vascular surgery is the best option to treat atherosclerotic mesenteric disease. During arterial bypass surgery, your surgeon places a graft to direct the blood supply around the blocked or constricted region. Another surgical option involves removing the blockage.
To schedule an appointment at Vascular Surgery Specialists, call the office or book online today.