Vascular disease is a narrowing or blockage in the body's vascular system (veins and arteries), which carries blood from your heart throughout your body. Vascular disease can block part or all of the flow of blood in your veins or arteries, which can lead to more serious conditions such as high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, carotid artery disease or peripheral artery disease. More than 60 million Americans currently have one or more types of vascular disease that can lead to disability and death. The good news is that advances in vascular surgery make minimally invasive endovascular procedures possible for many patients, offering them excellent outcomes and rapid recovery. Our vascular surgery team specializes in the diagnosis and management of carotid artery disease, aortic aneurysms and poor circulation to the legs and the abdominal organs. Working closely with other specialists in cardiovascular disease, they provide the most appropriate treatment for more than one thousand patients each year from North Central Florida.

Vascular & Endovascular Surgery

An imaging test that uses x-rays and a special dye to see inside the arteries. It can be used to see arteries in the heart, brain, kidney and many other parts of the body. An arteriogram helps vascular surgeons see how blood moves through the arteries and to check for any blocked or damaged arteries. Often, treatments are performed at the same time as an arteriogram.

A procedure that protects a section of the aorta that has ballooned and is in danger of rupturing. For some patients, endovascular grafting is possible. Endovascular grafting is the minimally invasive method of treatment and is performed inside your aorta using thin, long tubes called catheters to place a stent surrounded with a fabric liner to reinforce the weak spots. For other patients, a traditional open surgical repair is the best treatment.

The open surgical removal of plaque from a blood vessel. The goal of treatment is to eliminate the build-up of plaque in your arteries.

Removes plaque from the artery that supplies blood to the brain and is often recommended for patients who have had a mild stroke. Femoral Endarterectomy is a similar operation to carotid endarterectomy in which the diseased lining of the artery can be removed and blood flow restored.

Procedures that reroute blood flow around a blocked blood vessel by creating a new pathway for blood flow using a graft. The goal is to re-direct the blood flow in the artery to bypass a blockage. The essential problem in all patients undergoing bypass surgery to the lower legs is that insufficient oxygen-carrying blood is able to reach the tissues of the leg and foot. Bypass operations work by improving the blood supply and, thus, the oxygen supply to the tissues that have been starved of oxygen. The vascular surgery team at North Florida Regional performs bypass surgeries for all vessels of the body.

Created by a surgeon in the operating room for patients who will be undergoing chronic hemodialysis for kidney disease. This vascular access is the patient's life line, and special care is necessary to make sure that it continues to function properly. Vascular access is possible in different ways, and the right access must be individualized for each patient.

Vascular surgeons perform both diagnostic procedures and interventions for patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Sometimes called peripheral vascular disease (PVD), patients experience blockages of blood vessels away from the heart. Patients with blockages in the blood vessels of the legs experience significant pain and risk poor wound healing and eventual limb loss if blockages are not removed. Left untreated, PAD also increases the risk for heart attack and stroke. Within the catheterization labs at Capital Regional Medical Center, cardiologists perform diagnostic and peripheral interventions using various state-of-the-art devices and technologies.

For a referral to a cardiologist or internist on staff at Capital Regional Medical Center Visit our Physician Directory or call (850) 325-3627.