Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Vascular surgery focuses on the diagnosis and management of disorders of the arterial, venous, and lymphatic systems, excluding the intracranial vessels and the heart.

What is a Vascular Surgeon?

circulation in human body NFMMCVascular surgeons specialize in treatments of every kind of vascular problem except those of the heart (treated by cardiovascular surgeons) and the brain (treated by neurosurgeons).

Vascular surgeons use special technologies and instruments to perform endovascular ("inside blood vessels") procedures, which require only a small incision or puncture in an artery or vein.

Specialists in vascular surgery possess the knowledge and skills to treat diseases of the vascular system with medical therapy, minimally-invasive catheter procedures, and surgical reconstruction.

To learn more, please call (716) 632-0006 or (716) 282-0349.

What Conditions Do Vascular Surgeons Treat?

A vascular surgeon treats many conditions that affect the blood vessels in every part of your body except for your heart and brain. This can include:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, a bulge or weak spot in an artery
  • Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, where plaque builds up on your artery walls
  • Carotid Artery disease
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD), where the arteries that bring blood to your neck or limbs become narrow or blocked
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot in a vein deep below your skin
  • Venous ulcers and diabetic (neuropathic) wounds, which are non-healing wounds that result from poor blood flow, especially in the legs

Vascular Services Provided

  • Aneurysm surgery
  • Carotid surgery
  • Dialysis Access
  • Insertion of vena cava filters
  • Lower extremity bypass
  • Mediports (for chemotherapy)
  • Treatment of peripheral vascular disease
  • Varicose vein surgery

Endovascular Services Provided

  • Angioplasty, stenting, atherectomy (removal of plaque) for lower extremity circulation problems. 
  • Control of GI bleeding
  • Dialysis catheters and access
  • Endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA)
  • Treatment for DVT ( blood clots in leg veins)
  • Treatment for kidney blood flow problems
  • Treatment for uterine fibroids
  • Venefit procedure for varicose veins

Diagnosing Vascular Disease

To make a diagnosis, your vascular surgeon will start by talking with you about your medical history, lifestyle, and symptoms and give you a physical exam. If necessary, your surgeon may order additional tests.

Vascular Risk Factors 

  • 50 or older
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of vascular disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Smoker
  • High cholesterol

Vascular screenings are recommended once every three years.

Vascular Lab at NFMMC NOW OPEN

Located in The Heart Center of Niagara at NFMMC main campus,  the lab offer vascular screenings that help identify risks that could lead to a Stroke or Heart Attack

A vascular ultrasound is a high frequency wave test that show the blood flow in arteries and veins.

The vascular lab is open Monday -Friday, 8am to 4pm. 

Types of tests:

  • Carotid Artery Ultrasound- this screening helps identify the risk of a stroke by testing for plaque buildup in the carotid artery (narrowing of the arteries can affect the supply of blood to the brain).
  • Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound- this screening checks for the presence of an aneurysm that could lead to a ruptured aorta.
  • Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) with Doppler- measures the circulation in your legs and arms to identify risks for peripheral arterial disease (PAD)

Discuss with your doctor and request NFMMC imaging services for the most advanced analysis today!

Our Vascular Team