Renal Artery Disease Treatments

Treatment for real artery disease includes medical therapy, surgical removal of plaque and minimally invasive stenting. 

Meet the Renal Artery Disease Team

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


Medication can reduce your symptoms of renal artery disease, with or without additional therapies. Medications may include:

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

Open surgery

The goal of surgery is to restore blood flow to the kidneys. 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: Placement of a bypass graft to reroute blood flow around the arterial blockage or replace an aneurysm.