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Patients Diabetes (Type 2)

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I'd like to know if any of you have had an abdominal runoff procedure, which threads a catheter down your legs to your ankles to find any arterial obstructions, then the use of a rotoblade to clear obstructions.  Did it help restore any feeling to your legs or feet, were there any complications, problems with the procedure, etc,  

Beginning of the discussion - 6/15/19

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@Hidden username‍ I have never heard of this. Sounds promising though!

BTW, Do you have issues with circulation?

Is the decrease in feeling in your legs and feet a result of prolonged diabetes or because of some cardiovascular condition?

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Yes, a blood pressure test at various points in the legs and feet indicate circulation problems.  Some people who have had diabetes for a long time, especially type 1, have had amputations.  I have type 2, but I don't want to get that bad.  But I can't find anybody with experience with an Abdominal Runoff.  With all the diabetics in the U.S. you would think there would be a sizable discussion list with a diabetic focus.  But I haven't found any.  Lists like this one seem to have very few subscribers.

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I would love to find more information about it too! Thank you for sharing!

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I always thought circulation issues were separate and distinct from neurological issues. Do you know why diabetics have amputations? like how diabetes ends up affecting the blood in the legs to the extent it would need to be amputated?

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@Hidden username‍ I just happen to click your post to see what a runoff was... what you are describing is an abdominal arteriogram. I never have heard of it called a runoff, but maybe I am not familiar with that type of name. My grandmother had this procedure done because of vascular stenosis. She had extreme pain with walking any sort of distance beyond like 20 feet.

It did help relieve her pain to some extent, but I am not sure about the sensation. It would make sense though if the arteries are occluded and bulging/compressing against the nerve or if there is no blood supply, like in my grandmother's situation, getting to the legs and feet and corresponding nerves.

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Thanks for the replies.  My cardiologist called it a runoff and wrote that down in my file.  Maybe the terms are localized, but your grandmother's procedure sounds like the same thing.  How old is your grandmother.  Was the procedure done in an surgery clinic or in a hospital?  Was it quick?  I don't have "extreme pain."  Not yet.  But I am starting to lose feeling in my legs and feet.  Not sure about doing it if it only helped to "some extent."  In answer to the other person's question, I am not sure about how diabetes affects circulation issues in the legs and feet.  But it is a common problem.  It's a build up of plaque in the arteries.