Mesenteric Artery Disease Treatments

Northwestern Medicine Vascular physicians provide leading-edge therapies for mesenteric artery disease.


Depending on your condition, you may receive medicine to relieve symptoms or related conditions. Medicines include:

  • Blood pressure medicine to reduce or maintain a healthy blood pressure level
  • Statins, or medicine to help reduce or maintain recommended healthy cholesterol levels
  • Thrombolytic medicine to dissolve a blood clot

Open surgery

The goal of surgery is to restore blood flow to the intestine. Depending on the extent and location of the artery blockage, surgery can be done in one of the following ways:
  • Endarterectomy: Removal of plaque from the blocked artery to restore blood flow.
  • Bypass graft: Placement of a bypass graft to reroute blood flow around the arterial blockage or replace an aneurysm.
  • Embolectomy: Removal of a blood clot from an artery to restore blood flow.
  • Removal of intestine: If any of the intestine is no longer viable, it needs to be removed.

Meet the Mesenteric Artery Disease Team

Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute is a nationally recognized destination for those who require highly specialized cardiovascular care.