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Vascular vs. Endovascular Surgery

What’s the difference?

Vascular surgery consists of procedures or techniques to correct blood vessels outside the heart and brain that may be narrowed, blocked or dilated. It’s the open-surgical treatment of diseases of the carotid, aortic, mesenteric, renal or peripheral arteries. These techniques require surgery to correct the problems, often under general anesthesia.
An alternative to traditional open surgery, endovascular surgery is an innovative, less-invasive procedure that offers advantages such as small incisions, shorter hospital stays, less pain and a quicker return to normal activities. However, endovascular surgery is not always feasible for all patients, so be sure to discuss this with your physician.

Arterial Plaque Laser Treatments

Can lasers be used to help treat plaque build-up in my arteries?

Laser technology is an emerging resource in vascular health treatment. Lasers emit ultraviolet light to break up hardened plaques inside arteries. These minimally invasive surgical techniques are designed to treat peripheral artery disease (PAD), with minimal damage to surrounding tissues.
PAD occurs with the build-up of plaques within the arteries which block the blood flow to the arms, legs and vital organs. It tends to cause cramping, pain, and tiredness in the lower legs, especially during physical activity. The lack of circulation in a lower extremity can result in a foot or leg amputation.
Lasers can provide game-changing treatment. PAD lasers emit ultraviolet light, a cool light, which disrupts plaques 1mm directly in front of the laser catheter. This procedure has high efficiency and precision for removing PAD plaque with minimal risk to surrounding tissue during treatment.