Vascular surgeons in Fort Lauderdale
At Northwest Medical Center, our experienced vascular and endovascular teams provide a wide range of treatment options for vascular disease. Our specialists use the latest technology and minimally invasive procedures for higher quality vascular surgery and care.
For more information about our vascular care services, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (954) 601-8094.
Our vascular team is highly skilled in diagnosing and treating vascular issues. Although some people can manage vascular conditions with medication and lifestyle changes alone, our vascular surgeons are prepared to provide advanced treatment if needed. In collaboration with our cardiology program, we'll evaluate your symptoms and provide you with an individualized care plan.
What is vascular disease?
Vascular disease is a term for any condition that affects your blood vessels. Arteries and veins are types of blood vessels that circulate blood throughout your body. When there is a problem within this network of blood vessels, such as a blockage or a tear, it can cause other major medical issues if not treated promptly.
Types of vascular disease include atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, peripheral artery disease, arrhythmia, carotid stenosis, stroke and cardiac arrest.
Symptoms of vascular disease
Blocked arteries, aneurysms and sometimes even a weak or absent pulse can be a strong indicator of vascular disease. Please seek medical attention of you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Intermittent pain or cramping in the arms or legs that occurs with exercise and subsides with rest
- Numbness of extremities
- Weakness and atrophy of calf muscles
- Feeling of coldness in the legs and feet
- Changes of color of feet
Atherosclerosis and peripheral artery disease
Atherosclerosis is caused when fatty substances build up inside the artery walls over time and create a narrowed opening which restricts proper blood flow, commonly called 'hardening of the arteries'. This build up is most likely to occur in the iliac arteries (lower abdomen leading to the legs), the femoral and popliteal arteries (legs), the renal arteries (kidneys) and the carotid arteries (in the neck leading to the brain).
Peripheral vascular disease refers to blockages in arteries of the brain, kidneys, and legs. Peripheral vascular disease is a form of atherosclerosis and is a progressive disease process.
Noninvasive treatment for vascular disease
The vascular ultrasound laboratory at Northwest uses ultrasound waves to detect disease in veins and arteries throughout the body. Accredited by the American College of Radiology, our dedicated team of sonographers is nationally registered with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.
We offer a range of vascular care treatments that use the latest minimally invasive endovascular surgical techniques.
Advantages of endovascular surgery include:
- Shorter recovery period
- Less pain
- Use of local or regional anesthesia (which is usually considered to have less complications than general anesthesia)
- Smaller incision
- Less stress on the heart
Severe carotid stenosis is a disease characterized as a build-up of plaque in the carotid artery, the artery that supplies blood to the brain. When left untreated, this disease often results in a stroke.
We have been performing a new minimally invasive, lifesaving procedure called carotid stenting. This procedure involves entering the femoral artery in the groin. Under X-ray guidance, a catheter (small tube) device is threaded through the artery to hold the artery open.
Northwest is one of the few hospitals in the region to use ultrasound-accelerated thrombolysis to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a form of peripheral vascular disease. This technology uses ultrasound waves that are passed through a catheter directly into a blood clot to break it up.
This technique effectively treats some of the most vexing cases of DVTs, eliminating the need to amputate limbs and, in extreme cases, even saving lives.