The vascular system inside the body is made up of arteries, veins and capillaries that move blood throughout the body and to and from the heart. At CVTSA, our board certified surgeons provide care to patients at offices and hospitals throughout northern Virginia and are routinely recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as among the best vascular surgeons in the Washington DC area.
Because our vascular surgeons are trained in both endovascular and open vascular techniques, they are uniquely qualified to offer both catheter based and open surgical treatments based on individual medical needs. The conditions treated include:
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
- Blood Flow to the Stomach and Kidneys
- Carotid Occlusive Disease
- Dialysis Access
- Peripheral Arterial Disease
- Varicose Veins
Our goal at CVTSA is to provide you with as much information as possible about your diagnosis and treatment options. If you have additional questions after reading this information, please do not hesitate to ask your doctor or nurse.
Cardiac Vascular and Thoracic Surgery Associates proudly serves cardiac surgery patients in the Virginia, Maryland and DC areas.
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Mesenteric and Renal Revascularization
What is Revascularization?
Atherosclerosis, or the hardening of your vessels, can also occur in the arteries supplying your bowel and kidneys. This usually takes many years to become symptomatic in the cases of mesenteric (bowel) or renal (kidney) ischemia. The mechanism is simple: the narrowing of blood vessels inhibits adequate blood supply to the bowel or the kidneys to meet the organs demands.
What is Carotid Occlusive Disease?
The carotid arteries are blood vessels in the neck that supply blood to the brain. “Plaque,” or the buildup of fatty material, can result in narrowing, called a “stenosis” of the artery. Plaque particles that break lose are called “emboli, and these emboli can migrate to the brain, reducing its blood supply and resulting in a stroke.
What is Arterio-Venous Access?
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is also known as hardening of the arteries or atherosclerosis. The buildup of fatty plaque causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the legs. 12 million Americans suffer from PAD. It may be present without any signs, symptoms or as discomfort while walking that is relieved by rest. PAD is often undiagnosed. This is dangerous because it can lead to painful symptoms, non-healing ulcers, gangrene and loss of a leg. Individuals with PAD also are at increased risk for heart attack and stroke.
For more than 30 years, CVTSA board certified physicians have cared for people in our community. Our surgeons specialize in the body’s vascular system and routinely perform the most complex medical operations to restore normal blood flow throughout the body.
These same physicians care for your varicose veins and to do so, have created a special vascular center in order to provide you with a “boutique” experience which emphasizes patient comfort and personalized treatment.