Carotid Artery Disease
Our Vascular & Vein specialists are specifically-qualified to treat patients who suffer from carotid artery disease. We offer the following treatment options at our state-of-the-art Vascular Access Center:
- Carotid endarterectomy: A surgical option that removes the plaque causing the blockage from the artery.
- Carotid balloon angioplasty (PTA): A surgical option in which a physician inserts a guide wire and small balloon into the artery. The balloon is inflated, effectively clearing a pathway to restore blood flow. This is followed by placement of a stent to allow for normal flow of blood.
- Stenting: Stents are mesh-like metal tubes that can be expanded inside arteries. These are used to help hold arteries open when a balloon angioplasty isn’t successful.
Peripheral Artery Disease
Treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) varies. Each of the procedures listed below are designed to open blocked arteries and restore circulation back to the legs. At Longstreet Clinic Vascular & Vein, our specialists can perform the following procedures:
- Arteriograms: During the arteriogram test, X-rays are taken to see how the dye travels through the bloodstream, ultimately revealing the condition of the arteries in specific areas of the body. Based on the results of this procedure, your surgeon will decide if angioplasty, atherectomy or stenting is required.
- Balloon Angioplasty: Helps open blocked arteries by expanding the inner diameter with a balloon mounted on a thin tube. A catheter is inserted through the skin (usually through the groin area) and is guided to the area that will be expanded. Cardiologists will perform this same procedure in the heart while vascular surgeons perform this procedure in vessels outside the heart.
- Atherectomy: A minimally invasive approach to removing plaque located inside of a blood vessel.
- Peripheral Artery Stenting: Mesh-like metal tubes that can be expanded inside arteries are used to help hold arteries open when a balloon angioplasty isn’t successful.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
If you suffer from abdominal aortic aneurysms, we can help you find the best way to care for your condition. Our Vascular specialists have expertise in the following treatment options:
- Endovascular: A less invasive option in which a catheter is threaded through the leg, and a graft is put into place to reinforce the aorta. The surgeons at Vascular & Vein Specialists prefer the endovascular approach whenever possible.
- Open surgical repair: The damaged part of the aorta is removed and replaced with a graft.
End Stage Renal Disease
When the kidneys are no longer functional, the only way to treat E.S.R.D is through dialysis. Our Vascular surgeons have extensive experience providing care to patients with end stage renal disease and can help you through any of the following treatment options:
Patients who suffer from kidney failure may require hemodialysis. Hemodialysis is a type of dialysis treatment intended to replace the overall kidney function. During the dialysis, a dialyzer is used to filter toxins from the bloodstream, and return healthy blood back to the body.
To ensure the best dialysis possible, it is necessary for patients to have proper dialysis access. There are three access options available:
- Arteriovenous fistula (AV fistula) placement: The construction of a fistula involves the direct connection of a vein to an artery. AV fistula is the preferred access method by many physicians and patients because incorporates native tissue and provides healthy, long-term blood flow.
- Arteriovenous graft placement: A graft is created by connecting an artery and a vein using a soft plastic tube. This minimally-invasive procedure can effectively support overall blood flow, but requires ample attention and upkeep.
- Hemodialysis catheter: A catheter can be used as either a short-term or long-term treatment option for dialysis.
- Peritoneal dialysis catheter
Ports are medical devices designed to assist in the administering of intravenous (IV) medicine or blood draws. Many patients who undergo systemic chemotherapy often undergo a “port placement” procedure. To effectively achieve chemotherapy access, ports must be properly placed by a trained physician. Our board-certified specialists have years of experience working with chemotherapy patients.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call 678-207- 4000.