Your provider may recommend vascular surgery if your vascular conditions have not responded to other forms of treatment. In most cases, vascular diseases such as peripheral artery disease, chronic venous insufficiency, and deep vein thrombosis can be treated with medications and lifestyle changes. If you find that these solutions are not providing relief, you may be a candidate for vascular surgery.
At Summit Surgical Specialists, experienced vascular surgeons are available to diagnose and treat a variety of heart conditions.
Learn more about common types of vascular surgery, as well as when they may be appropriate and what to expect.
Angioplasty restores blood flow to arteries that are hardened, narrow or blocked by plaque buildup. During this type of vascular surgery, your surgeon will thread a thin catheter through a blood vessel into the affected artery. Then, the surgeon will place a small, thin balloon in the artery. When the balloon inflates, it pushes the plaque to the side of the artery wall so that blood can flow more easily. The catheter and balloon will then be removed, and blood can flow through the artery more easily.
Angioplasty is often used for patients with coronary artery disease or blockages in their heart. Most people who undergo angioplasty can leave the hospital the day after their procedure. Recovery time is minimal, as well, with most patients able to return to work within a week, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
If one of your arteries is blocked, Summit Surgical Specialists vascular surgeons may recommend this form of surgery. Artery bypass replaces or bypasses damaged arteries with plastic tubes or vein grafts taken from other parts of your body. Blood flow is rerouted away from the blocked or damaged part of your artery.
If you require an artery bypass, you will likely need to stay in the hospital for two to seven days after treatment. Depending on the artery that was bypassed, continued to recover at home may take several weeks.
- Carotid endarterectomy
- Carotid stenting
- Endovascular Stent Graft
- Dialysis Access
- TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR)
Tests provided by vascular specialists at Summit Surgical Specialists include:
- Ankle-brachial index
- CT angiography
- Duplex ultrasound
- MR angiogram