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Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) occurs when the arteries that carry blood to the arms or legs become narrowed or clogged which interferes with normal blood flow. PVD generally affects people over the age of 50, but many people dismiss the signs as a normal part of aging and therefore do not seek medical help.

The da Vinci Mode - Robotic Tools Offer Surgeons a Steady Hand and a 3-D View of the Future of Medicine

Paul Massimiano's specialty is fixing damaged mitral valves -- the flaps of tissue that help maintain the proper flow of blood through the heart. While performing the most delicate part of the repair procedure on a January morning at Inova Fairfax Hospital, however, Massimiano planned to be several feet away from the faulty valve of James Spaith. A million-dollar robot known as da Vinci would be holding the tools.

Step by Step, A Life Is Saved

Six hours after getting a call that a heart was available, Micheal King was on the operating table at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

A medical team headed by cardiac surgeon Paul Massimiano of McLean cut open his chest, removed scar tissue that had built up around his heart-pump incision and prepared King to receive a new heart. King was put on a heart-lung machine to move blood through his body and keep his lungs functioning during the surgery.

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CVTSA's Board Certified Vascular Surgeons specialize in minimally invasive treatment of varicose veins.