Vascular Services at BMC
Arteries are tubes that carry blood from the heart to the rest of the body. This essential process can become compromised when arteries are clogged with plaque, a condition called atherosclerosis and more commonly referred to as "hardening of the arteries." This disease deprives the organs of the oxygen-rich blood needed for them to function effectively, leading to heart attack, stroke, limb loss and other catastrophes. Blockage of arteries in the leg is often called peripheral arterial disease (PAD). In the early stages, it causes pain when walking. With the progression of the disease, pain at rest may occur and potentially lead to gangrene and limb loss. The same underlying atherosclerotic disease may sometimes also result in the silent development of abdominal aortic widening or aneurysm, which may result in rupture and death.
Some of the procedures to correct diseases in the arteries, performed by vascular surgeons at Berkshire Medical Center, include the following:
- Carotid Endarterectomy (plaque removal)- 5 star Rating by Health Grades
- Peripheral Artery Disease Treatment (with angioplasty stents or bypass)
- Aneurysm Repair
- Open Repair (Large Incision)
- Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
- Vascular access procedures fro hemodialysis
Veins are blood vessels that carry oxygen-poor blood back to the heart. Veins are flexible, hollow tubes with flaps inside called valves. When the muscles contract, the valves open and allow blood to move up through the veins toward the heart. When the muscles relax, the valves close, keeping blood flowing in one direction through the veins. If the valves inside the veins become damaged, the valves may not close completely, allowing blood to leak backward resulting in varicose veins, leg pain and swelling. Skin darkening, breakdown or ulceration may also occur.
Some of the procedures to correct diseases of the veins, performed by vascular surgeons at Berkshire Medical Center, include the following:
- Venous Ablation and Varicose Vein Treatment
- Wound Care (Award Winning)