Vascular Surgery

At Westchester Health, our Vascular Surgery Department contains board trained and certified physicians who specialize in the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and surgical management of a variety of disorders of the vascular system (arteries and veins) such as cardiac disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, kidney disease and lipid disorders.

With years of experience and a thorough command of the most advanced techniques and technologies, our vascular surgeons use innovative surgical methods to deliver the best possible care, such as medical therapy, minimally invasive catheter procedures and surgical reconstruction to treat conditions affecting the circulatory system, including venous disease, vascular access and diabetic foot conditions.

The specialists in our Vascular Surgery group are also well-skilled at minimally invasive endovascular techniques to restore blood flow to an area of the body after trauma, disease or blood vessel damage, improving both short- and long-term recovery.

Prevention as well as procedures

At Westchester Health, the goal of our Division of Vascular Surgery is to discover and promote the best treatments to help improve and prolong our patients' lives. In addition to providing the highest quality of surgical vascular care, we work closely with your primary care provider and other specialists to implement a total treatment plan customized for your specific condition to achieve the best possible outcome. We also focus on educating you and your family about lifestyle changes you can make to control, improve or even eradicate your vascular disorder or disease.

What makes Westchester Health’s Vascular Surgery Department different?

At Westchester Health, we firmly believe that good treatment starts with good listening. We also believe that the best patient is an informed patient, and that patient education is critical to your long-term health.

From the first time you arrive at our offices, we spend as much time with you and your family as is necessary to make sure you understand your condition, the surgery we are recommending and all of your treatment options. Throughout your journey with us, we will continue to explain our recommended course of treatment and answer any questions you may have so that you understand what to expect.

Whether you have been with Westchester Health for years or are new to our practice, you quickly recognize that our Vascular Surgery group truly cares about each and every one of our patients. When you need us, we are here for you.

Always at the forefront of medicine

The world of medicine continues to change and evolve, especially regarding vascular surgery. As part of Northwell Health, our vascular surgeons participate in its Division of Vascular Surgery training programs, making sure they are continually up-to-date on the newest technological advances in the field of vascular surgical procedures and have ready access to the latest state-of-the-art surgical techniques.

In addition, our vascular surgeons are involved in ongoing clinical research programs that are crucial to developing new and improved methods of understanding, detecting and treating vascular disease. By staying abreast of changes in the field of vascular health and surgery, our Division of Vascular Surgery can provide the most modern treatments to minimize discomfort and improve recovery time for patients undergoing vascular procedures.

To learn more about our Northwell Health vascular surgeons

For more information about the symptoms of vascular disease and conditions, surgery services, procedures, outpatient testing and personalized treatment options, and to get to know our vascular surgeons who practice at our partner hospitals Northern Westchester Hospital and Phelps Hospital, click on this link.

The Vein Center for Varicose and Spider Vein Treatment

Northwell Health’s Vein Center in Lake Success is a specialty treatment center offering vascular procedures for the treatment of varicose and spider veins. Our surgeons are board certified in vascular surgery and perform all vein treatments themselves, unlike spas or cosmetic centers where aestheticians are hired to operate lasers and perform injection treatments. For an appointment, call (516) 233-3701.

Vascular surgeons are experts at treating many types of vascular conditions and disorders, including:

Aneurysms

An aneurysm occurs when part of an artery wall weakens and causes an abnormally large bulge to appear. This bulge can rupture and cause internal bleeding. Although an aneurysm can occur in any part of the body, they are most common in the brain, aorta, intestine, legs and spleen. Several factors can increase a person’s risk of developing an aneurysm, including family history, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, injury, aortic disease, damaged tissue in the arteries, and blockages such as fatty deposits. As well as surgery, treatments for aneurysms include medications (such as statins and beta-blockers) to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, which may keep an aneurysm from rupturing.

Coronary artery disease

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease and is the leading cause of death in the U.S. in both men and women. CAD occurs when the arteries that supply blood to the heart narrow and harden due to the buildup of cholesterol and other material (plaque) on their inner walls. As this plaque gets worse (atherosclerosis), less blood can flow through the arteries. As a result, the heart muscle does not get the blood or oxygen it needs, which can lead to a heart attack, heart failure and/or arrhythmias. As well as surgery, lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet, exercising and quitting smoking can make a big difference.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD)

Peripheral artery disease is a common but serious condition in which narrowed arteries and veins outside of the heart—in the arms, legs, neck or near the kidneys or intestines—reduce blood flow to the limbs, most often the legs. When arteries become blocked or narrowed, blood can't flow properly and the muscles in the legs don't receive enough oxygen. PAD also may be a sign of atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaque in the arteries. Left untreated, PAD can lead to heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, kidney failure, heart disease, heart failure, claudication, gangrene or even amputation. Several minimally invasive surgeries are used to treat PAD, including angioplasty, stenting, atherectomy, bypass surgery and hybrid open/endovascular procedures.

Varicose veins

Varicose veins are unsightly and sometimes painful veins that can be seen just under the skin. Any vein may become varicose but it most commonly occurs in the legs. When the valves within the veins become damaged or weak, blood can back up and pool in the veins. This causes the veins to swell, which can lead to varicose veins. Treatments include radiofrequency ablation, ultrasound-guided injections, endovenous laser therapy, sclerotherapy, foam sclerotherapy and vein stripping. Non-surgical therapies include exercising, losing weight, elevating the legs when resting, not crossing the legs when sitting, wearing loose clothing and avoiding long periods of standing.

Our vascular surgeons specialize in the evaluation and treatment of all issues related to blood vessels of the body, including:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA)
  • Aortic dissection
  • Aortoiliac occlusive disease
  • Cardiovascular Issues
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Chronic wounds including venous stasis and diabetic wounds
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Diabetic vascular disease and ulcers
  • Lymphedema
  • Peripheral vascular disease of the upper and lower extremities, also referred to as lower extremity arterial disease
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Renal failure
  • Renovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Thoracic aneurysm
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Visceral artery disease

They also perform the following vascular procedures:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
  • Angiogram stent placement
  • Angioplasty with or without stenting
  • Atherectomy
  • Balloon embolectomy
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Carotid stenting
  • Endarterectomy
  • Open aortic surgery Thoracic Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (TEVAR)
  • Peripheral interventions for peripheral arterial disease—balloons and stents
  • Thrombectomy
  • Ultrasound for blood clots, and ankle brachial index (ABI)
  • Varicose veins treatment with venus closure and sclerotherapy
  • Vascular bypass