Vascular Procedures

Cardiology services

Vascular Extremity Evaluation

A lower extremity arterial evaluation is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure that compares the blood pressure in a patient's legs to the blood pressure in his or her arms. A lower blood pressure in the leg could be a symptom of peripheral arterial occlusive (peripheral vascular) disease. The test evaluates the presence, severity and general location of this disease and usually occurs over a period of months.

Vein Ablation

Varicose vein treatment, also known as endovenous ablation, uses radiofrequency or laser energy to cauterize and close varicose veins in the legs. It may be used for cosmetic purposes, but it is most commonly used to help ease varicose vein related symptoms such as aching, swelling, skin irritation, discoloration or inflammation. Endovenous ablation is safe, less invasive than conventional surgery, and leaves virtually no scars.

During the procedure, a minimally invasive catheter is used in the treatment of varicose veins or venous insufficiency.  Under ultrasound guidance and local anesthetic, a catheter is inserted in the vein and the vessel is treated with heat, resulting in the closure of the vein.

Compared with traditional ligation and stripping, many patients find this procedure results in less pain with a quicker return to normal activities with comparable cosmetic results.