Your Reading Hospital care team treats peripheral vascular disease with a variety of services, starting with medicine and lifestyle changes. Usually, this approach can stop or slow the progression of peripheral arterial disease. When medical management and lifestyle changes aren’t enough, the vascular team offers a full range of surgeries and minimally invasive (endovascular) procedures.
During endovascular treatments, a doctor slides tiny medical tools into your blood vessels instead of making large cuts in the skin. That means you may notice reduced pain, scarring, and recovery time.
This minimally invasive procedure is used to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Doctors use thin tubes, called catheters, to deliver a stent graft that strengthens the weak blood vessel wall at the aneurysm. The benefits of EVAR [PDF] include faster recovery, smaller incisions, shorter hospital stay, and fewer complications.
This minimally invasive procedure is used to treat carotid artery stenosis - a build up of plaque in the carotid artery, one of two main arteries in the neck that supply blood to the brain. A small tube is placed in the artery and connects to a system that temporarily directs blood flow away from the brain. The system filters our any small plaque that may dislodge from the artery and returns the filtered blood to a vein in the groin. A stent is placed in the carotid artery to hold the plaque in place and to prevent against future strokes. The benefits of TCAR [PDF] include faster recovery, shorter hospital stay, reduced risk of stroke and smaller incisions.
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This minimally invasive procedure opens up blocked arteries, allowing blood to flow freely. Your doctor might recommend carotid angioplasty to treat a narrowed artery to your brain.
Treat vascular disease in your legs with this minimally invasive, endovascular technique that removes fat from blood vessels.
A fabric tube supported by a metal mesh (called a stent) reinforces a weak spot (aneurysm) in an artery.
This test slides a tiny ultrasound probe into your blood vessels to see inside them.
Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation
A thin catheter (tube) is inserted into the varicose vein, delivering radiofrequency energy to the diseased blood vessel. The procedure heats and shrinks the vein until it collapses, rerouting blood through healthier vessels.
If a blood vessel is narrowed or blocked, a surgeon can redirect the blood through a man-made graft or a healthy blood vessel taken from another part of your body. This vessel or graft is sewn above and below the diseased artery so that blood flows through the new vessel or graft. Your doctor might recommend femoral popliteal bypass surgery to treat a blocked artery in your thigh.
Thrombectomy surgically removes a blood clot that is blocking blood flow.
Infusion therapy delivers fluids or liquid drugs through blood vessels.
Varicose Vein Therapy
Blood is pumped through your veins to your heart. Small valves in your veins open so blood can flow toward your heart. The valves then shut so blood can't flow backward. If a valve isn't working properly, blood may flow backward, collect and build up pressure. This causes the veins to become large and twisted. Varicose veins occur most often in the leg. There are various treatment options, including minimally invasive procedures:
- Sapheonous Vein Ablation - Minimally invasive procedure performed on an outpatient basis that uses radiofrequency energy. A catheter is inserted into a varicose vein to provide uniform heat to contract the collagen in the vein walls, causing them to collapse and close. After the vein is sealed shut, blood is then naturally redirected to healthy veins.
- Sclerotherapy - A solution is injected into small varicose veins, prompting the veins to close and fade over time.
- Foam Sclerotherapy - A foam solution is injected into larger varicose veins, which close over time.
- Laser Surgery - Bursts of light are sent into small varicose veins, prompting them to slowly disappear.
- Ligation and Stripping of Veins - Process of tying off a vein, and stripping removes the vein.
- branch Phlebectomy Vein Removal - Small incisions are mde in the skin to remove the branch varicose veins.
Vascular Surgery in the Hybrid OR
Find out how Reading Hospital’s hybrid operating room improves your outcome of vascular surgery.