Florida Vascular Medical Procedures
Vascular surgery is a specialty of surgery in which diseases of the vascular system, or arteries and veins, are managed by medical therapy, minimally-invasive catheter procedures, and surgical reconstruction.
The carotid arteries carry blood to the brain.
The carotid arteries carry blood to the brain. Plaque (a fatty material) can collect inside these arteries, affecting blood flow. This can lead to a stroke (sudden lose of brain function). Your doctor is advising testing and treatment to reduce your risk of having a stroke.
If your doctor suspects you have carotid stenosis, you’ll have tests to confirm the problem. These include imaging tests, such as ultrasound, to check the arteries. In certain cases, further testing is helpful. A CTA or MRA may be used to check the brain for signs of a previous stroke. If your tests show that treatment is needed, one of two procedures can be used to widen the channel through which blood flows:
Physical therapy services:
- Carotid endarterectomy, an open surgery to remove plaque from the artery.
- Carotid artery stenting, a “minimally invasive” procedure to improve blood flow.
We offer complete laboratory services in our office for the convenience of our patients. In the vascular laboratory, our registered technologist will use an ultrasound as well as a Doppler device to provide physiologic and anatomical information necessary for the accurate diagnosis and treatment of vascular pathology. Our lab meets the standards for ICAVL accreditation.