Vascular Care Treatments
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital's vascular surgeons practice medicine in a very traditional manner, yet offer all the latest advances in the field of vascular surgery (including cosmetic vein treatment) to relieve leg pain and other ailments. We are a fully-accredited, ICAVL noninvasive vascular laboratory and provide imaging of all vascular areas including, carotid, aortic, visceral, renal, iliac, arterial, venous and lower extremities. You can learn more about The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) at their website.
Our goal is to provide vascular care and service of the highest quality through a personal doctor/patient approach that incorporates both traditional and contemporary treatments tailored to the specific needs of each individual patient. We offer the greatest level of comfort and minimally invasive techniques, which reduce recovery time and minimize hospital stay.
Vascular Surgery Services
MedStar Good Samaritan's vascular surgeons are specifically trained in the latest procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the arterial and venous systems. We specialize in minimally invasive endovascular and surgical treatment of:
- Abdominal aortic aneurysms
- Carotid stenosis
- Cerebral vascular disease
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Dialysis access
- Peripheral vascular aneurysms
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Renal vascular disease
- Spider veins
- Varicose veins
- Vena cava filters
- Venous insufficiency
Vascular surgeons perform surgery on the arteries of the body. They treat aneurysms of the major blood vessels, particularly the aorta. Aneurysms are areas of enlargement of the blood vessel that can rupture if not treated.
Our vascular experts also treat blockages of arteries that cause ischemia or lack of blood flow to a body area. Blockages in the carotid arteries can lead to strokes. These are treated with either removal of the area of blockage [a carotid endarterectomy] or with a procedure known as carotid stenting, where a tube is placed within the artery to allow blood to pass through it. Blockages of the renal arteries can be removed to allow normal blood flow to the kidneys.
Several areas of blockage in the lower extremity lead to anything from cold feet to loss of a limb. If the blockage is in the iliac arteries, most of the limb is affected. Lower blockages in the femoral or popliteal arteries cause more distal disease and spare the upper leg. Vascular surgeons can either remove plaque build-up in the arteries or can remove clots that threaten the viability of the limb on an emergency basis.
Vascular surgeons also deal with diseases of the veins. They can help relieve leg pain and reduce varicose veins in the legs through various surgical interventions. They also may remove venous malformations — veins that form a tumor-like collection in an area that is unsightly or large enough to be dangerous to your health.
At MedStar Good Samaritan, our vascular surgeons also treat deep vein thromboses, usually of the lower extremities, that can send clots to the lung and become fatal if the clots are large. These can treated by inserting a filter in the inferior vena cava that prevents the clots from reaching the lungs.
Watch a local news story on how Dr. Breslin treated a patient to relieve vein pain.