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Experience State-of-the-Art Vascular Technology

Doctor checking on senior patientOur vascular specialists deliver a broad range of care for everything from routine to complex vascular issues and diseases, using cutting-edge procedures as a standard of care.

The vascular surgeons at Fairfield Medical Center are highly skilled and experienced in advanced, catheter-guided and imaging technologies. This means we can diagnose and treat a wide variety of vascular conditions without traditional surgery. These minimally invasive procedures are often less risky than traditional surgery, and result in less pain and a faster and easier recovery.

In addition to vascular interventions, our comprehensive program offers clinics and rehabilitation – like our supervised PAD therapy – to help manage and treat venous diseases.

Some of the minimally invasive procedures offered at Fairfield Medical Center include:

  • Our vascular surgeons have extensive experience in endovascular techniques and are able to treat the vast majority of aneurysm patients with a minimally invasive procedure vs. surgery.

    During this procedure, a special fabric covered stenting system is inserted via a catheter to reinforce the weakened area of the aorta to prevent it from rupturing. Patients generally stay overnight in the hospital.

  • A technique to identify blockages in arteries caused by a buildup of plaque. During an angiography, dye is injected into the arteries via a catheter and X-rays are taken to show how blood is flowing. If blockages are found, the flow of blood can be restored using a variety of minimally invasive techniques including:

    • Angioplasty – a balloon is threaded through a blood vessel in the groin or arm to the blockage and inflated to push the plaque outward and widen the artery.
    • Athrectomy – a catheter with a cutting device at the end is used to remove plaque from the wall of the artery.
    • Stenting – a small wire mesh tube is inserted through a catheter into an artery to hold it open.
  • A procedure used to diagnose a wide spectrum of venous diseases from varicose veins to blood clots and other complicated disorders. During a venography, dye is injected into the veins via a catheter and X-rays are taken to show how blood is flowing through the veins. When a problem is discovered, treatment techniques include:

    • Thrombectomy/Embolectomy – the removal of a blood clot (Thrombectomy) or embolism (Embolectomy) using a catheter with an inflatable balloon.
    • Inferior Vena Cava Filters (IVC) – a procedure in which a filter is inserted inside a vein near the lungs to trap blood clots and prevent them from reaching the lungs.
  • A variety of options to treat varicose veins are available, including:

    • Phlebectomy – typically used for larger varicose veins; veins are removed in portions using several small incisions. This helps decrease recovery time.
    • Sclerotherapy – typically used for spider veins and smaller varicose veins, a solution is injected into a vein to make it constrict and eventually disappear.
    • Laser ablations – an in-office procedure, endovenous laser therapy introduces a thin laser into the damaged vein. Once the device is in place, the laser energy causes the vein to constrict and close.
    • Radio frequency ablations – uses electricity to heat, shrink and close veins

    Learn more about varicose veins and possible treatments here.