Vascular ultrasound is a diagnostic tool that produces moving images of your veins, arteries, and the blood flowing through them. The board-certified specialists at Vascular Surgery Associates, LLC, provide state-of-the-art in-house vascular ultrasound facilities at locations in Bel Air, Baltimore, Towson, Westminster, Elkton, Frederick, Ellicott City, Hampstead, Abingdon, Columbia, and Lutherville, Maryland. To benefit from convenient access to these vascular ultrasound facilities, call your nearest office or book an appointment online today.
Vascular surgery is a branch of medicine that focuses on the blood vessels, including all the arteries, veins, and capillaries throughout your body.
The circulatory system begins and ends with your heart, which uses oxygen from your lungs to replenish your blood. Arteries carry the blood through your body; after delivering its oxygen and nutrients, blood returns to your heart along your veins.
Problems with your veins and arteries are some of the most common medical conditions, often responsible for serious complications like heart attacks, strokes, and leg ulcers.
Vascular surgery treats conditions that include:
Atherosclerosis is the narrowing of your arteries due to a build-up of cholesterol and calcium. This sticky substance, known as plaque, coats your arteries' inner walls and leads to conditions such as carotid artery disease, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), and coronary artery disease (CAD). Complications include strokes and heart attacks.
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) develops if the veins – especially those in your legs – can't pump blood back to your heart as effectively as they should. The problem stems from a weakness in the valves whose job is to stop blood from flowing the wrong way in your legs.
Varicose veins and, to a lesser degree, spider veins can appear if you have chronic venous insufficiency. Untreated CVI may lead to ulcers developing on your lower limbs.
Some of the procedures the team at Vascular Surgery Associates, LLC, performs most frequently include:
Sclerotherapy and radiofrequency ablation are outpatient procedures for treating CVI, varicose veins, and leg ulcers. Sclerotherapy uses an injection of a liquid (sclerosant), while radiofrequency ablation uses radiofrequency energy to close off problem veins. Blood then travels along healthier veins, and the treated blood vessels eventually disappear.
Vascular Surgery Associates, LLC, uses Medtronic's ClosureFast™ radiofrequency ablation procedure or the VenaSeal™ Closure System. VenaSeal™ is a medical-grade adhesive that sticks the vein walls together to close them off.
Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that widens arteries affected by plaque build-up. Your provider at Vascular Surgery Associates, LLC, inserts a slender tube called a catheter into an artery, then feeds it through to the treatment site.
They inflate a medical balloon that squashes the plaque flat and may also fit a mesh tube (stent) in the artery to keep it open.
Find out more about the cutting-edge vascular surgery treatments available, and benefit from their advanced techniques. Call Vascular Surgery Associates, LLC, or book an appointment online today.