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Vascular Surgeons Suffolk County, NY
Suffolk Vascular 
& Vein Center

329 East Main Street 
 Smithtown, NY 11787
(631) 979-0222

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State of the Art Peripheral Vascular Disease
(PVD) Treatment

With fully equipped, state-of-the-art angiography suites located within its Port Jefferson Station and Smithtown offices, Suffolk Vascular Associates has moved peripheral vascular disease (PVD) care out of the operating room and into the domain of noninvasive Treatment In outpatient centers.

It’s a sign of how far treatment for PVD has come. Patients who once required open surgery and a hospital stay lasting several days can now leave the offices of Suffolk Vascular Associates within hours following noninvasive endovascular treatments such as angioplasty, atherectomy and stenting.

On-site angiography suites for patient-centered treatment

Surgeons at Suffolk Vascular Associates perform the majority of interventions in the on-site angiography suites, which are accredited for office-based surgery by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities.

“We have a truly patient-centered approach to the treatment of PVD, and we have all the tools to handle it — from diagnostics to therapeutics,” says Robert M. Pollina, M.D., FACS, Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and founder of Suffolk Vascular Associates. “With our angiography suites, we’re specifically set up to do this type of work. Between the expert nurses on staff and the attending anesthesiologists we work with, we have the capabilities to make patients very comfortable and safe while providing them with the treatment they need.”

PVD is as common as it is serious. We can help.

About 8 million Americans have PVD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including as much as 20% of people older than 60. Symptoms can be as mild as not being able to walk comfortably more than several blocks or as severe as gangrene or limb-threatening infections.

“Patients who present with a lower-extremity issue should first and foremost be ruled out for vascular disease because it’s probably the most dangerous indication for limb loss. This test could be as simple as a physician feeling the pulses in the foot, which provides an index of alert. Leg problems are really troublesome, and the first thing to do is make sure the vascular system is OK.”

— Robert M. Pollina, M.D., FACS, Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and founder of Suffolk Vascular Associates

Risk factors for PVD, and what you can do to manage them

Dr. Pollina says smokers and people with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other risk factors for coronary disease are most at risk for developing PVD. There is also an association among PVD, carotid disease and coronary artery disease, as all result from atherosclerosis.

Risk factors for PVD can be reduced by not smoking, losing weight, increasing physical activity and keeping diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol levels under control.

How to identify if you have PVD

Obtaining a clear picture of vascular health is also important for at-risk patients, Dr. Pollina says.

“Just feeling pulses in someone’s foot gives you an indication as to whether he or she has significant PVD,” Dr. Pollina says. “Short of feeling a pulse, we have a very simple, painless, noninvasive vascular test that’s done with blood pressure cuffs. This test gives us a great view into the status of the arterial circulation in the lower extremities.”

Dr. Pollina says patients’ primary care physicians can help identify PVD by checking pulses in their patients’ feet. If patients have coronary or carotid disease, physicians should consider the possibility that they may have PVD, as well.

“It’s almost better to be a little overly suspicious because a simple, noninvasive, inexpensive test can completely rule out PVD,” he says.

How we treat PVD

Treatment can range from medication to bypass surgery, in the case of severely blocked arteries. In many cases, however, an endovascular treatment can resolve the problem — and quickly.

“Many patients undergo a half-hour or one-hour procedure in our angiography suites,” Dr. Pollina says. “The next day, because we’ve opened up the artery that was the culprit, the symptoms are completely gone. I have patients in the recovery room sometimes tell me, ‘Boy, I can’t believe my foot feels better already,’ and it’s only a half hour after the procedure.”

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