Surgical Solutions for Vascular
In more advanced cases of vascular disease, surgical intervention may be necessary to avoid stroke or limb loss. Vascular surgery performed at New York Methodist includes a range of procedures to relieve the effects of blocked blood vessels. Conditions we treat include:
Artery Reconstruction for Lower Extremities
A blockage in a peripheral artery (of the legs, pelvis or abdomen) may result in foot or leg sores and in leg pain while walking or at rest. Because of the lack of blood flow, healing of wounds may be prevented and, eventually, this may lead to the loss of a limb. Blood flow may be restored with a procedure that uses either a synthetic tube or the patient’s own veins to “bypass” the blockage, so that blood may reach the extremities.
Treatment for Insufficient Blood Flow in the Legs
The VNUS closure procedure is a minimally invasive treatment alternative for patients with a condition known as superficial venous reflux, which is a condition by which the veins in the legs don't channel blood flow adequately to the heart. The symptoms include varicose veins, aching, swelling, ulcers and other painful symptoms. The procedure results in relief of symptoms with minimal scarring.
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The closure procedure is an outpatient treatment, which does not require overnight hospitalization. Local anesthesia is typically used to numb the treatment area. Using a thin needle, a tiny catheter is inserted into the vein. The catheter delivers radiofrequency energy to the vein wall, causing it to heat, collapse and shut down. Following the procedure, the catheter is removed, a bandage is placed over the insertion site and the leg is usually wrapped for one day to aid healing. Many patients are able to resume normal activity within a day or two.