Southern Connecticut Vascular Center, LLC was founded in 2001. Since that time we have expanded and grown dramatically. The practice presently provides a full vascular surgery service to the community in the southern Connecticut area. Southern Connecticut Vascular Center has six board certified vascular surgeons specializing only in vascular disease. All our surgeons are trained in the latest vascular techniques approved by the Federal Drug Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as the standard treatments recommended by the Society for Vascular Surgery.
Our objective remains, at all times, to offer each patient a comprehensive evaluation and the latest treatments in vascular diseases. We strive to develop complete trust with our patients by answering all their questions and addressing all their concerns. Our goal would be to make each patient's experience in our office, and their surgical outcome, the best it could be.
Our Vascular Laboratories allow our patients to undergo vascular testing under the supervision of our physicians. Our technicians perform vascular studies which provide screening for aortic aneurysms, carotid disease for stroke prevention and peripheral arterial occlusive disease for limb salvage. Venous studies evaluating and assessing chronic venous insufficiency for swelling, chronic ulcers and deep vein thrombosis for prevention of pulmonary embolisms and evaluating painful varicose veins is also offered.
Hemodialysis shunt and fistulas are also evaluated to seek stenotic areas and prevent thrombosis and graft failure by treating lesions with simple angioplasty and avoiding delay hemodialysis.
We also offer comprehensive evaluation and treatment of chronic wounds related to diabetes and peripheral vascular disease.
Drug programs are provided in conjunction with the pharmaceutical companies for our senior citizens who cannot afford medications like Plavix.
Open Vascular and Endovascular Procedures
We make a decision about the best treatment method for each patient after we review all non-invasive studies and discuss the options, risks, complications and alternatives. Treatments may range from conservative approaches without intervention to open or minimally invasive surgery.
Endovascular Treatments: Angioplasty and Stents
Carotid Stenosis Treatment for the Prevention of Stroke
Open carotid endarterectomy is the standard treatment for carotid stenosis (narrowing of the carotid artery in the neck). In our experience, it carries a very low risk even lower than the national rate.
Our group was the first in Southern Connecticut to treat carotid disease with stents. Carotid angioplasty and stenting is a safe procedure approved by the FDA for the treatment of both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients with carotid stenosis who are at high risk of complications with open carotid endarterectomy. During the procedure, a tiny balloon inflates the blocked artery, and a hollow tube called a stent is placed to keep it open and restore blood flow.
Aortic aneurysm treatment is performed to prevent rupture and catastrophic bleeding. Endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (EVAR) has definitely improved treatment results and reduced complications for patients. EVAR avoids a major incision, reduces post-operative pain and shortens the hospital stay. Patients can resume normal activity in a few days and return to work in several weeks.
EVAR does require a long-term followup with ultrasound and CT scans every six months. This is to make sure that the device has contained the aneurysm as desired. Long-term followup is not required for open aortic aneurysm repair. At the moment, we only use the FDA-approved commercial devices for EVAR.
Arterial occlusive disease, or peripheral artery disease (PAD), can manifest as open ulcers, gangrene, or leg pain after walking even very short distances. Endovascular treatment includes laser and mechanical opening of the blocked vessels, angioplasty and stenting, and angiojet with thrombolysis (clot break-up).