Salinas Valley Vascular Surgery
Long-Term Vascular Disease Care
Vascular disease is usually a problem that lasts for months or years. A
vascular surgeon is trained in various techniques to remove plaque and
blood clots from the arteries. When blood flow to the body is hindered
like this it can sometimes be painful, but most forms of vascular disease
do not have any noticeable symptoms. This makes it a dangerous condition
because life threatening events like a heart attack or stroke can occur
without the patient realizing anything was wrong with them.
A vascular surgery will not necessarily cure the disease completely. These
are cumulative conditions that develop over time. A patient needs to make
long-term lifestyle changes in order to return their veins to good health.
This is why vascular surgeons at Salinas Valley Medical Clinic (SVMC)
create relationships with their patients to help them completely eradicate
the disease over the coming months.
Consuming excessive amounts of cholesterol causes a substance referred
to as plaque to line your veins and arteries. When plaque builds up too
much it stops the flow of blood in your body, leading to a myriad of health
problems. Vascular surgeries are designed to remove plaque and blood clots
so the blood can flow freely again. There are a few different ways to do this.
Vascular operations include:
Bypass surgery – When a vein or artery is heavily damaged, rather than attempting to fix
the vein, a doctor may remedy the problem by redirecting the flow of blood
through healthier veins.
Angioplasty – In this operation a small wire with a balloon is inserted into blocked
vein. The balloon is then inflated, opening up the artery.
Rotational atherectomy – A thin wire with small blades is inserted into the vein. The blades spin
around inside the vein, destroying any plaque.
Laser atherectomy – This catheter is equipped with a small laser that goes into your vein and
zaps artery plaque to turn it into gas.
Stenting – Removing and widening veins is not always enough to keep the vein healthy.
To ensure the artery stays open, surgeons often implant a stent in the
vein. This is a small, mesh tube that keeps the artery walls wide open
for better blood flow.
Many vascular operations are minimally invasive, meaning the surgeon does
not have to cut you wide open. After the procedure, it is highly recommended
that you continue working with a medical professional to create a diet
and exercise plan that will improve your vascular health.