Renal and Mesenteric Artery Disease

If you have narrowing of the arteries in your kidneys or intestines, you need high-quality specialized care from experienced professionals. Our physicians at Wake Forest Baptist Health are among only a few in the United States who are trained and experienced in treating renal and mesenteric artery disease. We have the expertise to perform both traditional surgery and minimally invasive, catheter-based procedures. 

What are Renal and Mesenteric Artery Disease? 

Renal and mesenteric artery disease both involve a narrowing or blockage of arteries. 

  • Renal artery disease affects the arteries that carry blood to one or both kidneys. 
  • Mesenteric artery disease affects the arteries that carry blood to the small and large intestines. 

There are two types of mesenteric artery disease: 

Renal and mesenteric artery disease occur most often in patients who have hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) in other parts of the body, such as peripheral artery disease

Risk Factors and Symptoms of Renal and Mesenteric Artery Disease 

The first signs of renal artery disease include: 

Both chronic and acute mesenteric artery disease have similar symptoms: 

  • Abdominal pain after eating (chronic) 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Sudden severe abdominal pain (acute) 
  • Vomiting (acute) 

Diagnosing Renal and Mesenteric Artery Disease 

Tests for renal and mesenteric artery disease help confirm a diagnosis or rule it out. At Wake Forest Baptist, our physicians use state-of-the-art tools and techniques to detect both conditions. 

For renal artery disease, your physician may recommend any of the following tests: 

For chronic mesenteric artery disease, we use these tests: 

For acute mesenteric artery disease, your physician may recommend: 

Learn more about heart and vascular diagnosis at Wake Forest. 

Treating Renal and Mesenteric Artery Disease at Wake Forest Baptist 

We perform surgery to re-open your arteries and restore blood flow. We offer comprehensive surgical options, if we determine that a procedure is necessary for you. Our treatment options include: 

Managing Renal and Mesenteric Artery Disease at Wake Forest Baptist 

If you've been diagnosed with renal artery disease, or already undergone surgery to treat it, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following to help manage your renovascular disease: 

  • Medications that lower cholesterol or prevent blood clots 
  • Diabetes management 
  • Lifestyle change, such as quitting smoking 
  • Exercise programs 
  • Regular follow-up care to monitor your condition 

We believe it's just as important to manage your disease as it is to treat it. When your mesenteric artery ischemia is severe, there are no medical, or non-surgical, options available. But when it's mild or asymptomatic, there is a role for medical management. Your doctor may prescribe one or more of the following:  

  • Controlling your cholesterol 
  • Lifestyle change, such as quitting smoking or losing weight 
  • Regular follow-up care to monitor your condition 

Contact Us 

Request an appointment online. Or, for more information, please call: 

  • 336-716-WAKE or 
  • 888-716-WAKE (toll-free) 

 

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Last Updated: 07-02-2014
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