The circulatory system has an important job. It transports blood to your limbs and organs through blood vessels, delivering needed oxygen and nutrients. But problems can develop in the veins and arteries that carry blood to and from the heart, resulting in vascular disease.
At UnityPoint Health – Trinity in Fort Dodge, Iowa, our vascular surgeons care for complex disorders of the circulatory system, including peripheral vascular disease, peripheral artery disease, aneurysms, strokes, carotid artery disease and venous diseases such as varicose veins and spider veins.
Vascular Care at Trinity: Services We Offer
The vascular surgeons at UnityPoint Health – Trinity are dedicated to providing the most up-to-date techniques for diagnosing and treating artery and vein problems. Some of the minimally invasive procedures and diagnostic advances we use include improved angioplasty, stenting devices, ultrasound and advanced imaging techniques.
Our vascular surgeons commonly perform angioplasty and stenting to open blocked arteries and veins in the legs, arms and all other blood vessels outside the heart. We also treat varicose veins when needed.
- Angioplasty: With this procedure, a vascular surgeon inserts a small balloon into a narrowed blood vessel through a small incision. The doctor guides the balloon through the blood vessel and inflates it to open up the blockage.
- Stents: A stent is a small, expandable, metal mesh tube that a vascular surgeon places in a blood vessel after an angioplasty. It keeps the blood vessel open and stops it from narrowing again.
With ultrasound imaging, our specialists can use a duplex or Doppler ultrasound to check for any narrowing or blockages in your blood vessels. A duplex ultrasound takes an image of the blood vessel, and a Doppler ultrasound measures the blood flow. Some of the ultrasound scans we do include:
- Aortoiliac duplex: We use ultrasound to take images of the aorta, the large blood vessel that runs from the heart into the abdomen, and the iliac arteries, which bring blood to the legs. You should follow your provider's directions to prepare for this test.
- Arterial Doppler studies: We can perform this ultrasound on the arms or legs to measure blood flow through your blood vessels. We use it for people who have pain when walking, pain in the arms or legs, or sores on the toes and feet. No preparation is necessary for this test.
- Carotid duplex: We use an ultrasound to check the carotid arteries in the neck. If you have stroke-like symptoms (weakness or numbness of an arm or leg, blurred or double vision, slurred speech or dizziness), we may order this test. No preparation is necessary.
- Renal duplex: We use ultrasound to check the kidneys and blood vessels that bring blood to the kidneys. If you have high blood pressure for long periods or kidney failure, your provider may order this test. You'll need to follow your provider's directions to prepare for it.
- Venous duplex: We perform this ultrasound to check for blood clots in arm and leg veins. We use this test if you have pain or swelling in the arms or legs. No preparation is necessary for this test.
To learn more about our heart care services at UnityPoint Health – Trinity, call us today at (515) 573-3101.