If I have an abnormal result when screening for peripheral arterial disease, does this mean I will need surgery?

Certainly not. An abnormal finding during physical exam of the peripheral leg can be the lack of palpable pulses and if an arterial ultrasound (Duplex or Triplex) is done this may reveal atherosclerotic lesions (hardening of the arteries). As long as these lesions are mild, or even moderate, surgery is not required, particularly when there are no associated symptoms (e.g. leg pain or non-healing wounds).

Your vascular surgeon will recommend specific medical treatment and lifestyle changes, as well as yearly follow-ups.

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Dr. Efthymios (Makis) Avgerinos is a Vascular Surgeon, Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in USA.


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Efthymios D. Avgerinos, MD, PhD, FEBVS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
Medical Center Pennsylvania, USA

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