At VIM, we diagnose and treat PAD. PAD is caused by arteries to the legs becoming blocked with cholesterol plaque, the same way arteries in the heart become clogged and cause a heart attack. This is a common problem that affects many people in the United States. PAD can cause leg pain and fatigue with walking; in its worst form, it can lead to amputations. We treat the entire spectrum of PAD with a particular passion for limb salvage—preventing amputations in people who have previously been given no other options. Our goal is to give you your legs back, so that you may enjoy your life. again.
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Dr Dippel grew up in the Quad Cities and graduated from Pleasant Valley High School. He received a Bachelor in Sciences degree with Departmental Honors in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University. He graduated from the University of Iowa Medical School and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Iowa. He completed a General Cardiology Fellowship at Kansas University and then completed an Advanced Coronary and Peripheral Vascular Interventional Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati. He returned to the Quad Cities in 2000 and has been in private practice since. Dr Dippel is a recognized leader in the field of PAD. He lectures regularly nationally and internationally. He is actively involved in clinical research that brings cutting edge technology to the Quad Cities. He has been involved in dozens of clinical trials and published dozens of papers in peer reviewed journals. He frequently consults with medical device companies to develop new and improved equipment. When he is not working, he loves spending time with his family, traveling, playing golf, and photography. He has actively been involved in youth sports and has been the President of the Pleasant Valley Athletic Boosters Club. Meet the rest of our team!
Peripheral Arterial Disease - At VIM, we diagnose and treat PAD. PAD is caused by arteries to the legs becoming blocked with cholesterol plaque, the same way arteries in the heart become clogged and cause a heart attack. This is a common problem that affects many people in the United States. PAD can cause leg pain and fatigue with walking; in its worst form, it can lead to amputations. We treat the entire spectrum of PAD with a particular passion for limb salvage—preventing amputations in people who have previously been given no other options. Our goal is to give you your legs back, so that you may enjoy your life. again.
Limb Salvage - Many patients with Diabetes, Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), and other illnesses causing nerve damage or poor blood circulation often experience slow or non-healing foot wounds due to the decreased blood supply. These wounds can not only be difficult to treat, but can also persist after weeks of cleaning, antibiotics, and hyperbaric oxygen. If the wounds are left untreated, they can also lead to complications such as infection, gangrene and amputation. Limb salvage treatment exists to treat these recurring circulation issues before amputation is considered, and is often a successful alternative for those who had no other options in the past. “Wound care and limb salvage requires a team approach of healthcare providers. VIM works closely with the wound clinics and your referring physicians to give you the best possible outcome. We are dedicated to doing everything possible to prevent an amputation.”
Varicose and Spider Veins - Venous disease is 3-5 times more common than arterial disease. Arteries and veins are completely different, are often confused, and develop separate diseases. Arteries bring blood away from the heart; veins bring blood back to the heart. In your legs, this means that the blood must flow upward against gravity. Veins have one-way valves that prevent the blood from flowing backwards, but often as we age these valves fail. This allows blood to reflux backwards and pool in the legs. The legs become swollen, congested, and ache. The legs feel heavy and fatigue easily. In addition, patients frequently experience nighttime leg cramps. These large bulging veins are called varicose veins and are often much more than a cosmetic problem. They can be painful and throb, often causing serious life style limiting symptoms. If they are bad enough, patients can develop sores or ulcers on their legs that can be slow to heal. Spider veins are also caused by pooling blood, but are usually small red, blue, or purple veins on the surface of the skin. While spider veins can cause pain, more often they are a cosmetic problem. At VIM, we diagnose and treat the entire gamut of venous disease in a comfortable out-patient environment.
Erectile Dysfunction - Often times erectile dysfunction is caused by poor blood supply into the pelvis and is a form of PAD. The same process that causes arteries to become clogged with cholesterol plaque in the heart or legs can occur in the arteries of the pelvis. Diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and smoking cause arteries to clog up. The first line of therapy for ED are the drugs that dilate your arteries, such as Viagra®, Cialis®, and Levitra®. However, if these drugs lose their effectiveness, then sometimes a stent can help improve the blood flow into the pelvis.
Pelvic Congestion Syndrome - Pelvic congestion syndrome is often characterized as a dull aching chronic pain that is worse with standing and improves with lying down. It is typically caused by varicose veins deep in the pelvis. These veins can often be treated with a minimally invasive out- patient procedure. Venous disease is not the only cause of chronic pelvic pain, so patients should be evaluated by their primary care physician and/or their gynecologist to rule out other problems first.
Carotid Artery Disease - The main arteries in your neck, called your carotid arteries, can become clogged with cholesterol plaque like other arteries in your body. Approximately 1/3 of all strokes are caused by carotid artery blockage. A stroke can have devastating consequences and even be fatal. Often times all that is needed for the treatment for these blockages is aggressive risk factor modification. However, if the blockage becomes severe enough, the traditional treatment is to have surgery on your neck. Dr Dippel was an early pioneer of placing a stent in the carotid artery to open it up and possibly avoiding surgery. This can be done with a minimally invasive out-patient procedure.
Mesenteric Ischemia - Mesenteric ischemia is a problem where the arteries to the gut are clogged up with cholesterol plaque and the blood supply to the abdomen is reduced. This often causes severe abdominal pain, particularly after eating meals. Patients often will avoid eating to avoid pain and will lose weight. If the arteries to the gut are significantly blocked, a stent can be placed to open them up. Of course, there are many other reasons why patients can have chronic abdominal pain, therefore, patients should undergo a thorough evaluation by their primary care physician and/or their gastroenterologist to rule out other problems first.