Mesenteric ischemia care at Mayo Clinic

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Mayo Clinic brings together the expertise of specialists who treat blood and lymph vessel disorders (vascular surgeons and vascular medicine specialists), radiologists who perform medical procedures (interventional radiologists), and doctors who treat heart disease (cardiologists) to diagnose and treat mesenteric ischemia. This collaborative approach ensures that you receive a thorough evaluation and treatment tailored to your unique needs.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Mesenteric ischemia is not common and can be hard to diagnose. Mayo Clinic has doctors who specialize in imaging the blood vessels, called the vascular system. Detailed imaging is key to making an accurate diagnosis and planning treatment.

Mayo Clinic specialists recommend treatment of chronic mesenteric ischemia because of the serious risk of developing a blood clot in the small intestine. Specific treatment depends on the extent of the blood vessel blockage and your overall health. Treatment might include angioplasty, mesenteric artery bypass or mesenteric endarterectomy. The experience that Mayo Clinic doctors have with mesenteric ischemia helps them determine the best treatment for your condition.

The management options for chronic mesenteric ischemia are surgical reconstruction or percutaneous angiography with angioplasty, with or without stent placement. One of the primary factors affecting the decision about treatment is the local expertise, including the availability of vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists trained in percutaneous procedures.

Expertise and rankings

Around 200 people receive care for mesenteric ischemia at Mayo Clinic each year.

Research leaders

Mayo Clinic researchers have pioneered new approaches for treating mesenteric ischemia. You'll have access to the expertise of Mayo Clinic's clinician-researchers.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, are ranked among the Best Hospitals for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Minnesota, and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2023–2024 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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