Vascular Procedures

Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, involves a buildup of "plaque" that decreases the blood vessel's elasticity and can narrow the artery, making it more difficult for blood to flow. While atherosclerosis
often develops in the arteries of the heart, it can strike any vessel, such as those feeding the brain, legs, or the kidneys, reducing the flow of vital oxygen-rich blood to these organs. Vascular procedures are used to open clogged arteries and to maintain the integrity of weakened blood vessels. The University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH) Heart and Vascular Institute has accredited vascular laboratories at University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital (UM HMH) and University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UM UCMC). Partnering with Vascular Surgery Associates, the procedures offered include:

  • IVC Filter Insertion;
  • Fistulagrams;
  • Peripheral angiography and angioplasty;
  • Trellis procedures (DVT) removal/thrombectomy;
  • Insertion of catheters: Dialysis, Hickman, and Life Ports;
  • Renal angioplasty and stents;
  • Carotid angioplasty and stents
  • Mesenteric angioplasty and stents; and
  • Pulmonary thrombolysis;
  • Carotid endarterectomy;
  • Insertion of dialysis access;
  • Lower extremity bypasses;
  • Aneurysm repair; and
  • Endovascular aneurysm repair.

In addition, a new interventional angiography lab equipped with the latest GE digital imaging system will be opening in the summer of 2008 at UM HMH. This advanced technology offers a large-format digital flat panel detector X-ray system and covers more anatomy in a single view than has previously been available.

All of these interventional procedures offer less risk, stress and recovery time than traditional surgery. In most cases, the individual can be released from the hospital within 24 hours of the procedure with minimal activity restrictions. In addition to the new angiography lab at HMH, Vascular Surgery Associates are available at the hospital to see patients as well as in Suite 205 at the Swan Creek Village office building in Havre de Grace.

You can reach Vascular Surgery Associates' Swan Creek Office at 410-939-0644.

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