Khanjan 'KJ' Nagarsheth, MD, explains how a new procedure, deep vein arterialization (DVA), helps treat blockages in lower leg arteries. These types of blockages are a key cause of nonhealing foot wounds that may otherwise lead to amputation.

Many patients, like those with chronic kidney disease or diabetes, are not good candidates for traditional surgery. But DVA, a  minimally invasive procedure being pioneered at the University of Maryland Medical Center, takes the patient’s own vein and turns it into an artery, restoring blood flow to the foot and helping to prevent limb loss.

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