Our Services

Vascular Interventions

The vascular surgeons at Fairfield Medical Center are highly skilled and experienced in advanced catheter-guided and imaging technologies. This means we can diagnosis and treat a wide variety of vascular conditions without traditional surgery. These minimally invasive procedures are often less risky than traditional surgery and result in less pain and a faster and easier recovery. 

Some of the minimally invasive procedures offered at Fairfield Medical Center are:

Endovascular Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (also known as EVAR) – our vascular surgeons have extensive experience in endovascular techniques and are able to treat the vast majority of aneurysm patients with a minimally invasive procedure versus surgery. During this procedure, a special fabric covered stenting system is inserted via a catheter to reinforce the weakened area of aorta to prevent it from rupturing. Patients generally stay overnight in the hospital.

Angiography -- a technique to identify blockages in arteries caused by a buildup of plaque. During an angiography, dye is injected into the arteries via a catheter and x-rays are taken to show how blood is flowing. If blockages are found, the flow of blood can be restored using a variety of minimally invasive techniques including:

Angioplasty – a balloon is threaded through a blood vessel in the groin or arm to the blockage and inflated to push the plaque outward and widen the artery.

Athrectomy – a catheter with a cutting device at the end is used to remove plaque from the wall of the artery.

Stenting – a small wire mesh tube is inserted through a catheter into an artery to hold it open.

Venography – a procedure used to diagnose a wide spectrum of venous diseases from varicose veins to blood clots and other complicated disorders. During a venography, dye is injected into the veins via a catheter and x-rays are taken to show how blood is flowing through the veins. When a problem is discovered, treatment techniques include:

Thrombectomy/Embolectomy – the removal of a blood clot (Thrombectomy) or embolism (Embolectomy) using a catheter with an inflatable balloon.

Inferior Vena Cava Filters (IVC) – a procedure in which a filter is inserted inside a vein near the lungs to trap blood clots and prevent them from reaching the lungs.

Varicose Vein Procedures – a variety of options to treat varicose veins are available including phelebotomy (veins are removed using a small scalpel or needle), sclerotherapy (a solution is injected into a vein to make it close), laser ablations (a laser is used to shrink and close veins), radio frequency ablations (uses electricity to heat, shrink and close veins).