When issues like diabetes or injuries are affecting your peripheral nerves, the resulting and sometimes painful peripheral neuropathy can impact quality of life.
Dr. Ronnie G. Smalling is an Interventional Cardiologist with experience in treating peripheral neuropathy. By closing off dysfunctional veins, your peripheral neuropathy may be treated.
Peripheral neuropathy is disease or damage to the peripheral nerves.
Peripheral nerves deliver messages from the central nervous system to the body. Types of nerves that can be affected include the sensory nerves (sensation), motor nerves (motion and muscles), and autonomic nerves (internal organs and systems), known as autonomic neuropathy.
The two main types of peripheral neuropathy are polyneuropathy and mononeuropathy.
The majority of peripheral neuropathy cases are polyneuropathy, meaning that numerous nerves are affected. Diabetic neuropathy and Guillain-Barre syndrome are examples, with peripheral neuropathy being the most common type of diabetic neuropathy.
Mononeuropathy is the compression or injury of a single nerve. Carpal tunnel syndrome and radial nerve palsy are examples.
Though uncommon, autonomic neuropathy can impact organs like the heart and intestines.
Most causes of peripheral neuropathy are unknown. Peripheral neuropathy can occur due to nerve and blood vessel damage from high blood pressure (diabetic neuropathy), as well as:
Neuropathy can also be a symptom of chronic venous insufficiency.
Symptoms can vary depending on the type of peripheral neuropathy you have and the nerves affected, including:
For neuropathy treatment, we close dysfunctional veins. Once the vein is blocked, blood flow is directed to another vessel.
At the Smalling Vascular Institute, we have found that when hemodynamic equilibrium is achieved, patients may see their symptoms completely resolve and experience better sensations.
Methods may include:
Dr. Smalling will discuss the protocols with you in further detail and answer any questions you have.