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Minneapolis Vascular Physicians suggests the following as resources for patients as you continue to learn more about your health and the treatment of vascular disease.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a weakening and enlargement of the aorta. The aorta is the main blood vessel that carries blood from your heart to the arteries of the kidneys, abdomen, and legs.
An aorto-bifemoral bypass is a surgery that redirects blood flow around areas of blockage in the arteries in the abdomen to restore blood flow to the legs.
The carotid arteries are located in your neck and bring blood flow to your brain. Typically with age, the carotid arteries can build up with plaque, which is made up mostly of fat and cholesterol.
Chemoembolization therapy is used to treat liver tumors or for postsurgical adjunctive treatment. Chemotherapy medicines are injected into the liver through blood vessels, delivering a high local dose of cancer killing medicine directly to the tumor or tumor area.
Cryoablation is a treatment that freezes abnormal or tumor cells.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in one or more of the deep veins in the body, typically in the legs. A blood clot in the deep veins is concerning because it can cause life-threatening complications.
When a procedure is done inside a blood vessel, it is called an endovascular procedure. MVP diagnoses and treats blockages in arteries and veins using angiography, which is also called an angiogram. Treatments include angioplasty, stents and atherectomy.
A leg bypass is a surgery that redirects blood flow around an area of blockage in one (or multiple) leg arteries by creating an alternative channel for blood flow, thereby “bypassing” the blocked artery, restoring blood flow to the leg and foot.
Microwave ablation is a treatment that uses electromagnetic waves to create heat and directs the heat though a needle probe which is inserted into a collection of abnormal cells or tumor.
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
PAD is a buildup of plaque in the walls of arteries, which reduces or blocks the flow of blood in your limbs.
Radioembolization (Y-90 SirSpheres)
Radioembolization is used to treat primary liver cancer and other cancers that have metastasized to the liver. The preparatory angiogram is performed to map out the veins and arteries of the liver and block those that leave the liver and go to other organs.
TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR)
TCAR is an alternative to carotid endarterectomy, temporarily reversing the blood flow during a procedure so that any small bits of plaque that may break off during the procedure are diverted away from the brain, preventing a stroke from happening.
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Varicocele embolization uses imaging guidance and a catheter to place small metallic coils and/or embolic fluid in the gonadal vein to divert blood
flow away from a varicocele. It’s less invasive than conventional surgery, can safely relieve pain and swelling, and may improve sperm quality.
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