Middlesex Hospital Center for Vascular Surgery
Vascular disease can strike in many different ways—from pain or ulcers in the legs to blocked arteries in the abdomen or neck. And, if left untreated, it can result in the loss of a limb, or worse, the loss of life due to an aneurism or stroke.
The good news is, at Middlesex Hospital, our vascular specialists Dr. Joseph Coatti and Dr. Bart Muhs are pioneering a number of minimally invasive “endovascular” procedures to repair blocked arteries in various parts of the body. And, because these vascular procedures can be done with much smaller incisions than traditional open surgeries, patients experience fewer risks and dramatically reduced hospital stays—as short as a day or two, with return to full activity within a week after the surgery.
If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of vascular disease, our surgeons will take the time to tailor a unique treatment approach for each situation—providing the most effective therapy with the best possible outcome, while ensuring the simplest, fastest recovery. Then, if you ever require additional vascular treatments or touch-up procedures, you can be sure that our surgeons will be with you at every step of the way, because at our Center for Vascular Surgery, you’re not just a number—you’re a patient for life.
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Common Types of Vascular Disease & Procedures
Leg Angioplasty & Stenting: Our vascular surgeons have performed thousands of these minimally invasive procedures to widen clogged blood vessels in the legs and improve blood flow for patients experiencing difficulty walking. Using a small needle inserted in the groin, a balloon-tipped catheter is threaded into the blocked artery. Then the balloon is inflated to break up the blockage and a small stent may be inserted to keep the artery open following the procedure.
Peripheral Bypass Surgery: If a blockage is too severe to treat with angioplasty or stenting, patients may require a surgical bypass using a synthetic graft or the patient’s own vein to create a new pathway and reroute blood around the blocked artery. After the bypass, patients report excellent results, blood flow to the affected area is restored to normal and they may return home within several days.
Carotid Endarterectomy: Carotid artery disease is a narrowing of the arteries that carry blood from the heart to the brain due to plaque buildup. If some of that plaque breaks free and travels to the brain, it can cause a stroke or temporary loss of vision. A carotid endarterectomy is a procedure that removes the lining of thickened or damaged arteries to eliminate any plaque and restore normal blood flow.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurism Repair: About 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) every year. Damage resulting from plaque buildup inside the wall of the aorta causes weakening, which results in the formation of a bulge. If unrecognized and untreated, the aneurysm or bulge can grow large enough to rupture and cause death. AAA repair formerly required a large incision in the abdomen, and an extended recovery time. But now, using our endovascular approach, a vascular surgeons can make two small incisions in the groin area—allowing them to access the femoral arteries that extend up into the area of the aneurysm—and insert a stent-graft within the aneurysm, which takes pressure away from the aneurysm to prevent any further enlargement or rupture. Patients return home after this procedure in as little as a day or two.