Vascular Facts

Who is a vascular surgeon?

A vascular surgeon is a highly trained physician dedicated exclusively to the care of disorders of the circulatory system, including the arteries and the veins.  The arteries carry blood from the heart of the vital organs and limbs, and the veins that return the blood back to the heart. 


What conditions affect the arteries?

Conditions that affect the arteries - include aneurysms, an enlargement or "Bulge" in an artery, and atherosclerosis, plaque that build u inside arteries blocking of blood flow.

What conditions affect the veins including varicose veins and venous thrombosis, or blood clots?

Conditions that affect the veins include varicose veins and venous thrombosis, or blood clots.  Vascular surgeons provide comprehensive care for patients with these conditions.

How can Vascular Surgeons help?

Vascular surgeons help patients optimally manage these conditions, whether through diet, exercise and medication, or intervention procedures.  Vascular surgeons are the only physician s trained to perform minimally invasive procedures, like angioplasty and stent, and traditional surgery.

When should you come see our Physician, if you have been diagnosed with an aneurysm.

If you have been diagnosed with an aneurysm.  An aneurysm is an enlargement of an artery.  If can occur in the chest, abdomen or extremities.  An aneurysm can be diagnosed with an ultrasound, a CT scan or an MRI.  In some aneurysms, as they enlarge, the wall of the artery becomes progressively thin and can lead to life-threatening rapture. This is typical of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. 

Other aneurysms, usually found in the extremities, can clot causing acute lack of circulation to the limb and possible amputation.  Vascular surgeons know which types are likely to rupture and which are likely to clot.  They know how to determine when complications may occur.  Our vascular surgeon can tell you whether an aneurysm needs to be repaired when it has been diagnosed, or whether it is safe to monitor it.. multiple methods of repair are available. Should repair be required, our Vascular surgeon can guide you in making the right choice for the method used.  Only a Vascular Surgeons is able to perform all possible types of repairs. 


When should you come see our Physician, if you have been diagnosed with atherosclerosis of the carotid artery.

If you have been diagnosed with artherosclerosis of the carotid artery, please make your appointment with us. Atherosclerosis is often called "hardening of the arteries"" The cartoid arteries are found in the neck, and are the main route of blood supply to the brain.  Sometimes, small pieces of atheroscerotic plaque inside the artery can break off and travel to the area of blood flow.  If a piece of artherosclerotic plaque breaks off in the carotid artery, it may travel to the brain and cause a stroke. Sometimes, a transient ischemic attack or mini stroke may occur.  A TIA is a warning the a more severe stroke is likely tin the near future.  More often, the plaque will not have caused symptoms, but is identified on an ultrasound of the carotid artery.  Our vascular surgeon can tell you if your artery is narrowed enough to require intervention, and whether that is better done with an operation, a carotid endarterectomy, or a stent.  A vascular surgeon is the only physician trained to perform both procedures and is routine at our clinic.

When should you come see our Physician, if you have been diagnosed with peripheral arterial disease.

In PAD, atherosclerotic plaques in the leg arteries cause restriction of blood flow.  In mild and moderate cases, patients may suffer muscle pain with walking, called claudication.  In severe cases, PAD can cause severe foot pain, or gangrene.  Without prompt treatment, amputation can result.  In most instances, PAD requires no intervention.  Diet modification, exercise and medication are often all that is required. In severe cases, a balloon angioplasy with a stent may be appropriate, or a bypass operation may be the better option.  A vascular surgeon will help you make the right choice for your circumstance.