What is Visceral Artery Disease?
Visceral arteries supply blood to the intestines, spleen, and liver. Visceral artery disease is the narrowing of these arteries, known as atherosclerosis. When the arteries narrow, blood supply to the intestines, spleen, and liver is reduced. Atherosclerosis is the hardening of the arteries due to the buildup of plaque, which consists of cholesterol, calcium, fibrous tissue, and other debris, on the artery walls.
Chronic mesenteric ischemia is the most common form of visceral artery disease. In chronic mesenteric ischemia, insufficient blood flow to the intestines can cause symptoms of pain after eating and weight loss. This form of visceral artery disease can cause the intestines to die and become gangrenous, a fatal condition that needs emergency treatment.
At Yale Vascular Surgery, we offer the widest range of treatment and management options for visceral artery disease. In addition to being well-versed with the traditional or classic techniques and surgeries, many additional procedures offered by our innovative surgeons are at the leading edge of vascular surgery. Our multidisciplinary vascular team works collectively to create personalized treatment plans that provide the best options for each patient, reflecting his or her specific condition and individual needs.