Our experienced, board certified vascular surgeon treats the following vascular conditions:
When possible, our surgeon will opt for minimally invasive procedures such as:
- Angioplasty and Stenting
- Laser Atherectomy
- Venefit™ Targeted Endovenous Therapy
- Endovascular Repair
- Endovascular Stent Graft
However, in severe cases, more invasive surgery may be required, but you can take heart in knowing that patient care always comes first. With an experienced and compassionate vascular team, you and your loved ones are in good hands.
Diagnostic and testing services include:
- Ankle Brachial Pressure Index
Peripheral Vascular Angioplasty and Stent Insertion
Crescent Medical Center Lancaster now offers minimally invasive treatments for our patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). This is a fairly common disease of the circulatory system involving a decreased blood flow to the legs or arms.
Signs and symptoms of peripheral arterial disease includes:
- Discomfort such as, painful cramping in one or both legs or arms
- Numbness or weakness in one or both legs or arms
- Tightness, heaviness or weakness in one or both legs or arms
- The affected extremity may feel cold and different from your other leg or arm
- Your skin may look shiny and/or a different color
- Sores may heal more slowly
- There may be hair loss or slower growth and/or slower nail growth
- There may be a weak or no pulse in one or both legs or arms
- Men with PAD affecting the legs may experience erectile dysfunction
There are some risk factors, such as:
- Smoking, or a history of smoking
- High cholesterol levels in the blood
- High blood pressure
- Family history of heart or vascular disease
Once the diagnosis of PAD is made your surgeon will determine which procedure will assist in restoring blood flow to your leg or arm.
Angioplasty involves inserting a balloon-tipped catheter (long, thin plastic tube) through the artery or vein across the narrowed area and inflating the balloon to open the vessel. The balloon is then deflated and removed. When necessary a small wire mesh tube may be deployed in the area where the balloon opened the vessel. This is a permanent implant utilized to help keep the area of the vessel open.
After your procedure the catheter site will be monitored and you may stay a night or two in the hospital.
Access Procedures for Kidney Dialysis
Crescent Medical Center Lancaster offers a wide range of surgical interventions. For our patients who have developed kidney failure and are requiring hemodialysis we are able to provide specific surgical procedures that will facilitate kidney dialysis and keep your access device functioning.
There are three (3) types of access devices for hemodialysis:
1. The dialysis catheter is inserted into a vein either in the neck or the upper chest and can be utilized immediately.
2. An arteriovenous graft is an implantable soft tube utilized to connect a vein to an artery and can be accessed after healing.
3. An arteriovenous fistula is created by connecting an artery to a vein. The fistula will be used after it matures in a matter of weeks to a few months.
Should your access device begin to narrow or develop a clot your surgeon will perform either a revision or a declotting procedure.
Your nephrologist and surgeon will work together to determine your best options in order to create and maintain your access device.