Alabama Vascular & Lymphatic Specialists

Think you may have Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?
Call us for an appointment.

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Is a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply blood flow to the legs and feet. It affects as many as 10 million people in the United States.

Undiagnosed or untreated PAD can be dangerous.

If you experience discomfort or pain in your legs when walking, you may want to get tested. 

What are the Symptoms?

​​​​​One of the scariest things about PAD is most people may not have any symptoms at all.  

Common Symptoms:

  • Leg numbness or weakness  
  • Slower growth or yellowing of your toenails  
  • Painful cramping in your hip, thigh or calf muscles after certain activities, such as walking or climbing stairs 
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  • Hair loss or slower hair growth on your feet and legs
  • Sores on your toes, feet or legs that won't heal
  • A change in the color of your legs
  • No pulse or a weak pulse in your legs or feet
  • Coldness in your lower leg or foot, especially when compared with the other side

Think you may have PAD? Call us today at (205) 341-9483 to request an appointment. 

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday 8:00 to 4:30 PM
Friday 8:00 to 12:00 PM

Lifestyle changes such as managing your diabetes, regular exercise, a good diet, and not smoking can slow the progression of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).  

Manage Diabetes

People with diabetes are at higher risk of developing atherosclerosis, the most common cause of peripheral artery disease. Individuals with PAD have a much higher risk of heart attack or stroke.  


If you have diabetes, it's especially important to keep blood glucose levels as normal as possible.

Exercise Regularly

Regular physical activity improves circulation to the leg muscles, reduces the pain of walking, and can even enhance your overall quality of life.  

Exercise reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, which often accompanies PAD. 

Don't Smoke

Smoking increases the risk of cardiovascular problems, this is equally true of peripheral artery disease (PAD).  

Patients with PAD who smoke should quit. Smokers are encouraged to help develop a quit plan that includes drug therapy, smoking cessation programs, or both.

or call: 205.341.9483

What Our Patients Have to Say

Today we had an awesome visit at Alabama PVD with Sarah Jones and “cool” Dr. Hipp. My husband will is normally withdrawn during a doctor’s visit. But he was engaging and actually smiled during Dr. Hipps examination. Of course he received good news, but Dr. Hipp was extensive in explaining the surgery he had and the symptoms to look for in the future. He may have none of those, but at least he knows to call the doctor also, Sarah James with her radiant smile was very helpful to us.

Overall, Alabama PVD is a great place to have your medical needs handled. They are efficient and you are not there all day waiting to be seen. Great Job!!

B. Glenn

They have done a great job since I started coming here. I am glad I did because they found an 85% blockage in my leg and were able to fix it completely. I went from barely walking to climbing stairs. I am able to work again too. I was taking 4-5 pain pills a day and now I have days where I don't have to take any. Their topical pain cream helps me not have to take any pain medication. All of the staff is very nice. They are good about telling me what they are going to do and also why. Having a plan in order is helpful. I plan to have future procedures done here also. They are the best at what they do.

S. Estes

Meet George Hipp, MD, RPVI

Dr. Hipp attended the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UAB) with a Comer Scholarship, graduating in 2006. He completed his Residency in General Surgery at Baptist Health Systems in Birmingham, Alabama, where he received the Hugh Linder Award for outstanding chief surgical resident in 2011. From 2011 – 2013, Dr. Hipp was further trained in vascular surgery at the University of Tennessee Vascular Fellowship program in Memphis, Tennessee, under Dr. H. Edward Garrett Jr. He holds Board Certification from the American Board of Surgery both in General Surgery and in Vascular Surgery. Dr. Hipp joined Alabama PVD Center in June of 2017, bringing experience in hospital-based vascular surgery practice as well as outpatient minimally invasive procedures. Areas of interest are minimally invasive lower extremity arterial intervention, comprehensive vein care, dialysis access creation and maintenance, and aortic aneurysm repair.

Dr. Hipp is dedicated to providing exceptional medical care that helps restore health and confidence, so that our patients can regain active lives.

Screening Questionnaire

Do you think you could have Peripheral Vascular Disease? There is nothing scarier than NOT knowing. Your health should be your number one priority. Let us help! 

Click below to fill out our confidential screening questionnaire.

or call: 205.341.9483 for an appointment

Phone: 205.341.9483
Address: 2868 Acton Road, Vestavia Hills, AL 35243


Monday – Thursday: 8:00 AM- 4:30 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Saturday – Sunday: Closed

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