Free Workshop Explores Non-Surgical Techniques for PVD
Thursday, March 13, 2008
The free To Your Health! educational series featuring health experts from the University of Rochester Medical Center continues in March at The Highlands at Pittsford with a program about alternatives to surgery when treating peripheral vascular disease (PVD).
“Preserving Limbs and Walking Without Pain – Alternatives to Surgery” is scheduled from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, led by vascular surgeon Joseph P. Hart, M.D., assistant professor of Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Atherosclerosis (plaque blockage) in the legs, the cause of peripheral vascular disease, can produce a gamut of symptoms, from occasional muscle pain while walking, to tissue death and the risk of limb loss. Surgery has long been the only way to treat significant problems, but over the past decade techniques to preserve limbs and treat pain have become increasingly refined and effective. Newer techniques include treatment from within the blood vessels, which is advantageous because it produces significantly less pain, stress, and risk of death or complications.
Workshop guests will gain a clear understanding of what symptoms predict problems, when to seek medical attention, and what health care professionals can do to safely and comfortably help.
The seminar is free but seating is limited. Reserve your spot by calling (585) 275-2838. Classes are held at The Highlands at Pittsford’s Hahnemann Club, 301 Stoutenburgh Lane, off Hahnemann Trail in Pittsford.
To Your Health! is sponsored by The Highlands at Pittsford and the University of Rochester Medical Center. The series offers a selection of free health and wellness presentations aimed to inspire and educate older adults.