Vascular care doctors and surgeons in Augusta, GA
Our team of highly trained, board-certified interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons offer a wide spectrum of options for vascular conditions. In addition to surgery, we offer minimally invasive techniques used for dialysis access management, venous disease and peripheral arterial disease.
For more information or for a referral to one our cardiovascular specialists, please call (706) 651-4343.
Diagnostic testing we perform
Part of ensuring you receive the proper care is correctly identifying your condition. Our team offers:
Vascular ultrasound lab
Diagnostic ultrasound, also called sonography or diagnostic medical sonography, is an imaging method using sound waves to produce images of structures within your body. The images can provide valuable information for diagnosing and directing treatment for a variety of diseases and conditions, without the use of radiation or invasive methods.
Vascular conditions we treat
Our team is able to provide care for various vascular conditions, including:
Peripheral artery disease
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is most commonly seen in the legs, but also can be present in the arteries carrying blood from your heart to your head, arms, kidneys and stomach. This buildup — called plaque — narrows your arteries, often reducing or blocking the flow of blood.
Nearly everyone who has PAD, even those who do not have leg symptoms, suffer from an inability to walk as fast or as far as they could before PAD. In all, PAD affects eight to 12 million people in the U.S., especially those who are 50 years old and older. If you are diagnosed with PAD, the sooner you are treated, the lower your risk of the disease progressing.
Varicose vein treatment
Varicose veins are chronic and recurrent conditions. The variety of treatments available does not offer a cure, but rather a control of the condition. Successfully treated veins cannot come back. However, your inborn tendency to develop new veins will not be cured by this or any other form of treatment. Our team treats venous insufficiency completely, removing all backward-flowing veins, making your treatment for varicose veins as thorough as possible.
Carotid artery disease occurs when fatty deposits (plaque) clog the blood vessels delivering blood to your brain and head (carotid arteries). The blockage increases your risk of stroke, a medical emergency that occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted or seriously reduced.
An aneurysm is a bulge or weakening in the wall of any blood vessel. It's most often seen in the aorta, the main blood vessel leaving your heart. You can get an aortic aneurysm in your chest, where it's called thoracic, or your belly, where it's called abdominal. Because the artery wall is stretched and thinner at the spot of an aneurysm, it's fragile and could burst under stress, like a balloon. The sudden rupture of an aortic aneurysm is usually fatal.
Pulmonary embolism/deep vein thrombosis
A blood clot in a deep vein inside a muscle — usually in your lower leg, thigh or pelvis — is a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). If the clot breaks loose and travels to your lungs, it becomes a pulmonary embolism (PE). Pulmonary embolism can be fatal or cause serious lung injury and critical illness.
The program transforms the standard of care for “no option” critical limb ischemia patients at risk of amputation. Augusta Vascular Centers surgeons provide consultations for patients with blood flow blockages in the leg, advanced peripheral artery disease (PAD), foot ulcers or gangrene.
Thoracic outlet syndrome
Thoracic outlet syndrome is a group of disorders occurring when blood vessels or nerves in the space between your collarbone and your first rib (thoracic outlet) are compressed. These disorders can cause shoulder and neck pain and numbness in your fingers. Common causes of thoracic outlet syndrome include physical trauma from a car accident, repetitive injuries from job- or sports-related activities, certain anatomical defects (such as having an extra rib) and pregnancy.
Renal artery disease
Renal artery disease, also known as renal artery stenosis, occurs when the arteries that supply blood to your kidneys become stiff and narrow. This narrowing prevents your kidneys from receiving the oxygen-rich blood they need to function properly which often leads to very high blood pressure and kidney disease.
Mesenteric artery disease
Mesenteric artery disease is a condition that develops when the arteries in the abdomen supplying the intestines with blood become narrowed due to the build-up of plaque (a process called atherosclerosis). The result is a lack of blood supply to the intestines, often causing weight loss, abdominal pain, and sometimes severe illness.
Vascular treatment services we provide
No two conditions are alike, and your treatment should reflect that. Our team of vascular disease professionals provide services for various types of conditions or symptoms, including:
Dialysis access management
Our team treats and manages a range of vascular access issues using the latest in minimally invasive techniques in a safe and comfortable setting. We provide individualized care in a timely fashion so you can return to your normal routine with minimal disruption to your regular dialysis schedule.
Inferior vena cava filters
The inferior vena cava, or IVC, is a major blood vessel that returns deoxygenated blood from your lower body back to your heart. An IVC filter is a small, cone-shaped medical device placed into your IVC just below your kidneys to prevent blood clots in your legs from traveling to your heart and lungs. IVC filter insertion is a minimally invasive procedure and can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Interventional pain management
The goal of pain management is to provide relief of painful symptoms originating from irreversible spine conditions in place of oral medications with possible adverse side effects. Interventional pain management involves a series of therapeutic injections to particular spine areas to alleviate pain, restoring your quality of life.
Interventional oncology treatments
Interventional oncology is a subspecialty of interventional radiology focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and cancer-related problems.
Interventional oncology procedures provide minimally invasive, targeted treatment of cancer. Image guidance, the use of real-time imaging on an X-ray to visualize the location where a procedure will be performed or a device will be placed, is used in combination with the most current innovations available to treat cancerous tumors while minimizing possible injury to other organs in your body.
These techniques are reserved for cancer patients whose tumors cannot be surgically removed or effectively treated with systemic chemotherapy or anti-cancer drugs injected into a vein or given orally and travel through the bloodstream to all parts of your body. These procedures are also frequently used in combination with other therapies provided by other members of your cancer team.