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Vascular Surgery

Knowledgeable Care for Chronic Vascular Disease

The body’s blood vessels mainly include the veins and arteries. While veins are responsible for returning your blood to your heart for fresh oxygen, arteries take blood from the heart to the rest of the body. When problems occur with these blood vessels, collectively called the vascular system, you may need to be seen by a specialist for skilled treatment.Vascular surgeons treat chronic venous and arterial disorders that affect the blood vessels outside the heart. They can diagnose these issues by taking venous studies such as a vascular ultrasound. Painless imaging tests like vascular ultrasounds show your medical team how your blood vessels function, primarily the carotid arteries that carry blood up to the brain through the neck’s blood vessels.

Our board-certified vascular surgeons are trained in the treatment of:

  • Lymphedema therapy
  • Venous diseases
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Aortic valve disease
  • Blood clots
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Venous malformation
  • Varicose veins
  • And more

Vascular Surgical Treatments

There are many procedures vascular surgeons perform. Many vascular surgeries are minimally invasive, meaning they require only small incisions and a fiberoptic camera to visualize the operation area the blood vessels. Your surgeon will discuss all suitable surgical options for your specific condition, and you’ll select the best approach for yourself with your surgeon’s guidance. For instance, if you have carotid artery disease, you may be offered traditional open endarterectomy. Other patients are eligible forminimally invasive operations, such as transfemoral carotid stenting and transcarotid stenting.

Some of the treatments vascular surgeons perform include:

  • Bypass surgery
  • Angioplasty
  • Rotational atherectomy
  • Laser atherectomy
  • Stenting
  • Varicose vein repair
  • And more

How Do I Know if I Have a Vascular Problem?

When blood flow is impaired, it can sometimes be detected as pain, but not always. This makes it dangerous to have a vascular disease because it could lead to an unforeseen heart attack or stroke without you realizing there was a problem in the first place. Our vascular surgeons at RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group are trained in how to treat defects of the arteries. If the situation requires vascular surgery, your surgical team will remove plaque buildup and blood clots from the arteries so the heart can pump blood as usual.

What Are Venous Malformations?

A venous malformation (VM) is a rare disorder present at birth, VMs result from abnormally developed veins, often caused by genetic mutations. Symptoms of pain and sensitivity occur while these blood vessels stretch or enlarge over time. VMs can occur at any point in the body at any depth. They are usually first noticed by a primary care doctor and then diagnosed definitively through vascular and endovascular procedures.

Make an appointment at RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group to speak to our knowledgeable vascular surgeons. You can find one by visiting the tool “Physician Locator” on our website. To make an appointment, do so online or you can call the office directly. Visit healthconnect.rwjbh.org/hcweb for further information.