Make sure that you receive the best vascular services in Newnan, Coweta, Fayette and nearby communities in Georiga. Visit Atlanta Vascular Specialists today. Continue reading to get a better idea of the procedures we perform.
We do open and endovascular surgery, including carotid endarterectomy (CEA), peripheral bypasses, abdominal aneurysm repair, and hemodialysis access.
Our endovascular practice encompasses diagnostic arteriography as well as balloon angioplasty/stenting of lower extremity arteries, renal arteries, and carotid arteries. We also perform stent-graft repair of abdominal aneurysms and thoracic aneurysms.
Within our office, we have a full-service vascular lab with ultrasound/duplex capability for arterial/venous studies. We also do non-invasive vascular testing for peripheral vascular diseases. The other procedures we perform include venous interventions, IVC filter placement, and embolization.
Furthermore, we have an active vein practice with treatment for varicose veins using phlebotomy and radiofrequency ablation (RFA). RFA is a procedure that ablates the greater saphenous vein via a small puncture near the knee, allowing the patient to return to work within hours or a day.
Vascular Lab Tests and Ultrasounds
This is a vital tool in detecting and diagnosing blood vessel problems. Ultrasound imaging exposes part of the body to high-frequency sound waves, which produce pictures of the inside of the body. In addition, this procedure is a useful way of evaluating the body’s circulatory system.
Once these ultrasound images are captured in real-time, the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs can be observed. The ultrasound results also show blood flowing through the blood vessels.
Your visit to our vascular lab will consist of a non-invasive ultrasound exam. Non-invasive means that the procedure does not require the use of needles, dyes, radiation, or anesthesia.
A qualified technician will start the procedure by applying a hypoallergenic water-based gel to the area that will be evaluated. Then, a small microphone-like device, which is called a “transducer,” will pass over the gel-coated area.
Upon the completion of the exam, the physician reviews, interprets, and dictates all the images and blood flow measurements. Afterward, a letter that explains the results will be forwarded to you and/or your referring physicians.
You should wear comfortable clothing to make the vascular ultrasound examination as hassle-free as possible. Take note that you may be given a hospital gown and asked to undress from the waist up or down. Moreover, keep in mind that there is no special preparation for most exams, except for an abdominal vascular ultrasound. An abdominal vascular ultrasound exam requires patients to fast up to 6 hours before the exam.
For registration purposes, please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Most exams take 20 to 60 minutes to complete. After the exam, you may resume normal daily activities.
Vascular ultrasounds are performed to:
Help monitor the blood flow to various organs and tissues throughout the body
Locate and identify blockages (stenosis) and abnormalities, like plaque and help plan an effective treatment
Detect blood clots deep vein thrombosis-DVT in the legs or arms
Determine if a patient is a good candidate for a procedure such as angioplasty or endoluminal repair
Evaluate the success of procedures that involve grafting or bypassing blood vessels
Determine if there is an enlarged artery, which is more commonly known as an aneurysm
Determine the source and severity of varicose veins
Arterial Duplex Ultrasound
This is a test to see how blood moves through your arteries and veins. Regular ultrasound uses sound waves that bounce off blood vessels to create pictures. On the other hand, Doppler ultrasound records sound waves reflecting off moving objects, such as blood, to measure their speed and other observable aspects as they flow.
There are different types of duplex ultrasound exams, including:
Arterial and Venous Duplex Ultrasound (Abdomen) – examines blood vessels and blood flow into the abdominal area
Carotid Duplex Ultrasound – observes the carotid arteries in the neck to detect blood clotting (thrombosis), narrowing of the arteries (stenosis), or other causes of blockage in the carotid arteries
Duplex Ultrasound (Extremities) – looks at the arms or legs
Renal Duplex Ultrasound – examines the kidneys and their blood vessels
Mesenteric/Splenic Artery Duplex Imaging – performed to determine the absence or presence of the type, location, extent, and severity of stenosis, aneurysm, or other diseases of these arteries
Vein Mapping (Upper Extremities) – for placement of dialysis access
Arterial Doppler Ultrasound
This procedure can be very helpful in the treatment of vascular disease. An arterial Doppler can be compared to a diagnostic ultrasound or sonar for blood vessels.
The vascular Doppler probe has a special crystal within it, which is used for sending the ultrasound waves into the tissue. A “receive” crystal is used to “collect” the returning ultrasound waves as they “bounce” off the blood cells.
Doppler ultrasound waveforms can help the physician to evaluate a number of vascular problems, including:
Blockages to blood flow including clots
Narrowing of vessels, which may be caused by plaque
Abdominal Vascular Duplex
An abdominal vascular duplex is used to evaluate the vessels that bring blood to and away from your abdominal organs. The procedure begins with the application of gel to the abdomen.
After the gel is applied, a transducer will be placed over the abdomen, where the aorta is located. The aorta is the large artery that lies near your spine. Also, the transducer is placed over the area of the renal and splenic arteries or veins.
Prior to your exam, you must fast for 6 hours. During this period, you must not eat or drink anything.
Carotid Duplex Ultrasound
During this painless test, the technician holds a small ultrasound probe to your neck. The probe sends high-frequency sound waves that rebound off of blood cells and blood vessels, showing problems with the structure of the blood vessels.
A carotid duplex ultrasound can show your physician how open or closed your carotid arteries are and how blood is flowing through them. This procedure detects most cases of carotid artery disease. Therefore, your physician may not need to order any other type of text.
However, should the ultrasound not provide your physician with enough information, he or she may order one or more of the following: a CT scan, an MRA, or an angiogram.
If you are preparing for hemodialysis with and your nephrologist, vein mapping is used for planning dialysis access. After the gel is applied to the skin, the technician will use a non-invasive procedure called vein mapping, a process that creates a picture veins and arteries in your arms or legs.
After the initial mapping process, the physician reviews the information to create a precise surgical intervention plan. The data can also be used to determine what type of access best suits your condition.
This painless ultrasound scan uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to capture images of the internal views of veins that return blood to the heart. An upper extremity venous duplex scan views the veins in your neck, shoulders, arms, and wrists. On the other hand, a lower extremity venous duplex scan views the veins from your groin to your ankle.
Peripheral veins are primarily examined to determine whether a patient has a blood clot in the deep or superficial veins. Additionally, the process is done to evaluate incompetence of the valves in the legs, which may cause reflux. Symptoms of this condition include pain, swelling, redness, feverish touch, and itching.
Venous Doppler studies utilize a technique called “Doppler ultrasound” to observe and evaluate blood circulation in the veins of the arms or legs. During the procedure, a tool called a “transducer” is lightly passed across the different areas of your limbs. The device directs high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) at both superficial and deep veins.
Afterward, the sound waves are reflected back at frequencies that correspond to the blood flow velocity. The data is then converted into audible sounds and graphic recordings.
Duplex scanning uses both Doppler ultrasound and real-time ultrasound imaging of the veins. The images are displayed on a viewing monitor. Alternatively, the images may be recorded on film or video for later examination.
Purposes of the Venous Duplex Ultrasound:
To evaluate venous blood flow in the arms and legs of people who have leg pain and swelling, swollen arms and legs, or varicose veins in the arms or legs
To help in the diagnosis of venous abnormalities, which include suspected blood clot in a deep vein of the leg (deep vein thrombosis), closure or narrowing (occlusion) of a vein, and impaired blood flow (venous insufficiency)
Call us at 404-524-0095 for more details about the wide array of services we offer.