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Peripheral Vascular Program

Millions of Americans have vascular disease, and that number is expected to grow as the population ages. People with some forms of vascular disease experience:

  • Pain
  • Cramps
  • Numbness

Alternatively, many people with the disease mayexperience no warning signs.Because vascular diseases are so variable andcomplex, the Lourdes team provides a uniquemultidisciplinary approach to the screening,diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Risk Factors for Vascular Disease:

  • Cigarette smoking
  • Over age 50
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Stress
  • Family history

Our vascular specialists are recognized experts in their fields, offering leading-edge treatments for a wide variety of vascular conditions:

  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD): This is the most common vascular condition and occurs when arteries supplying blood to the body’s extremities become narrowed or clogged.
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA):A weakening in the walls of the arteries that causes a bulge in the portion of the aorta as it passes through the abdomen.
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT): A blood clot,or thrombus, in a deep vein.
  • Venous reflux disease: A condition which causes a reversal in blood flow in the legs dueto improperly operating valves in the vein, often resulting in varicose veins, skin discoloration or ulcers.
  • Carotid artery disease: Also known as carotid artery stenosis, this condition results in a narrowing of the carotid arteries typically caused by the buildup of fatty substances and cholesterol deposits, called plaque.

Diagnosis

Lourdes offers a full spectrum of high-quality diagnostic services at locations across South Jersey. They include:

  • Ankle Brachial Index (ABI)
  • Pulse Volume Recording (PVR)
  • SensiLase
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Ultrasound (including carotid, arterial duplex, venous duplex, abdominal aortic, renal duplex and mesenteric)
  • Angiography
  • Venography

At Lourdes, our expert staff has access to the most state-of-the-art treatments for vascular disease. We can treat any problem in any location–from head to toe. Lourdes endovascular and vascular specialists are able to treat all types of vascular disease with procedures such as:

  • Atherectomy: A procedure to remove plaque build-up from a vessel wall using rotational,directional or excimer laser modalities.
  • Thrombectomy: A surgical procedure to remove a blood clot in an artery or vein.
  • Endarterectomy: A surgical procedure to remove plaque build-up in an artery.
  • Inferior Vena Clava Filter (IVC): A small device inserted into a surgically treated vein to prevent future clots from going to the lung.
  • Laser/Radiofrequency Ablation (EVLT/RFA):A minimally invasive treatment for venous reflex and varicose veins that uses light or sound waves.
  • Angioplasty: Inflating a balloon to widen a narrowed or blocked vessel.
  • Stenting: The insertion of small expandable tubes, or stents, to treat narrow or  weakened arteries
  • Sclerotherapy: An injection of a solution directly into a spider vein or varicose vein that irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to fade over time from view.
  • Open Bypass Surgery: A procedure during which blocked arteries are bypassed with blood vessels taken from another part of the body or with a synthetic graft.
  • Surgery for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm(AAA): A repair to the damaged aorta utilizing direct access through an abdominal approach.
  • Stent Graft: A minimally invasive procedure where by a specially designed stent covered with a flexible material is inserted into an artery.

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