Vascular Surgery

Our surgeons enjoy decades of experience, expertise, state-of-the-art technology, and compassion to help our patients through difficult vascular disease.  ICAVL Certified Vascular Lab can be found on premises for rapid diagnostics and treatment.

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Our experienced surgeons have expertise in diagnosing and treating common, complex and rare vascular diseases. We often employ cutting-edge, minimally invasive endovascular technologies to perform incision-free vascular interventions. We are able to fix serious problems in the arteries, veins, and lymphatic system using the most advanced practices - including the abdominal aorta, peripheral arteries, carotid arteries, mesenteric arteries and every vascular bed in the body.

An aortic aneurysm occurs when the walls of the main blood vessel that carries blood away from the heart (the aorta) bulge or dilate. An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is located in the abdominal area, near the navel. Aneurysms can also occur in other areas of the aorta, but the abdomen is the most common site. Large aneurysms can burst, or rupture, and cause heavy bleeding into the abdomen, which carries an extremely high mortality rate. Approximately 15,000 deaths occur each year in the United States due to AAA, usually because of rupture.

Aneurysm repair is the primary treatment for aneurysms that are symptomatic or at a high risk for rupture. Repair, however, is associated with other risks and complications. This can be accomplished with open surgical reconstruction or with Endovascular Stent Graft deployment to exclude the aneurysm. Both techniques require experience, expertise, and application of the latest technologies, which is a hallmark of our surgeons.

Carotid artery disease is a condition that can increase a person's risk of having a stroke. The condition does not usually cause symptoms. It happens when fatty deposits called plaque buildup inside 2 blood vessels called the "carotid arteries." These are the main blood vessels that bring blood to the brain. When plaque forms in these arteries, the arteries can become narrow - which reduces oxygenation and blood flow to the brain. Carotid artery disease can cause strokes and TIAs.

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) refers to diseases of blood vessels outside the heart and brain. It’s often a narrowing of vessels that carry blood to the legs, arms, stomach or kidneys. In PVD, fatty deposits build up in the inner lining of artery walls which lead to narrowing of the vessel. These blockages restrict blood flow, mainly in arteries leading to the kidneys, stomach, arms, legs and feet. Left untreated, PVD can lead to gangrene, tissue death, amputation of limbs, and death. Most patients with PVD have a higher risk of death from heart attack and stroke.

Dialysis is a treatment for severe kidney failure (also called renal failure, or end-stage renal disease). When the kidneys are no longer working effectively, waste products and fluid build up in the blood. Dialysis takes over a portion of the function of the failing kidneys to remove the fluid and waste. In order to accomplish this to maximize patient comfort and prolong life-span, our surgeons are able to perform permanent surgical dialysis access using surgical connections between arteries and veins.

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please call Surgical Associates of Venice & Englewood at 941-488-7742.