Vascular Lab in Phoenix
The vascular lab at Arizona Vein and Laser Institute, was opened in 2017 utilizing the state of the art technology and equipment to take care of our patients suffering with peripheral arterial disease. There are two locations in the valley to serve — one in Surprise and the other in Chandler. Our Surprise facility has four beds and can accommodate multiple surgical procedures at a given time.
Peripheral arterial disease also known as PAD for short is primarily caused by family history or genetics, high cholesterol levels, lifestyle reasons such as smoking, lack of regular exercise contributing to obesity, and lastly uncontrolled diabetes, just to name a few. It is recommended that if you suspect you are at high risk, please call and schedule your FREE SCREENING appointment to talk to our surgeon today. The doctor utilizes simple diagnostic tools to evaluate the problem after taking down the history & physical.
ABI: Ankle brachial index gives the doctor the difference in pressure.
Pedal Pulses: The doctor will feel your pedal pulses to see if there is any indication to do further work up
Arterial Ultrasound: This is very simple and quick. The patient will undergo arterial scanning which takes 40 min to determine the velocity of the blood flow.
Angiogram: An Angiogram will be recommended by your surgeon at Arizona vein and laser if any of the above mentioned tests indicates or suspicion of PAD exists. Angiogram or CT scan is a more conclusive tool which precisely points out the location of calcification in the arteries.
Angioplasty: In relation to Vascular Stenting utilizes a balloon-tipped catheter that opens a blocked blood vessel to improve blood flow.
The doctor utilizes medical imaging to direct the catheter into the blocked artery. The inflated balloon opens the vessel resulting in improved blood flow.
Athrectomy: The procedure is a minimally invasive, catheter-based treatment used for atherosclerosis and peripheral artery disease related to the lower extremities of the legs, feet or ankles. The treatment goal is to clear the blocked artery in specific areas where there is blood flow to tissues. With the absence of proper blood flow, lower extremity muscles begin to cramp and lose strength.
Stent: Vascular specialists can recommend peripheral artery angioplasty and stenting to open up blocked arteries to restore blood flow into the legs again. The angioplasty procedure is performed on a catheterization laboratory, also known in a hospital as a “cath lab,”. Patients remain awake throughout the procedure with local anesthesia while a stent is utilized to open up blood flow.
The surgeon will perform one or combination of these procedure at our vascular lab under moderate sedation as a same day surgery. If successful this will help to restore the blood flow. You will not required to stay overnight. It takes two to three hours in the surgery area and then you will be moved to the post op observation room under the supervision of a nurse. The surgeon performs your procedure along with a MD anesthesiologist. These are moderately invasive procedures and so the recovery takes about three to four days.
Contact us and schedule your free PAD screening today at any of our locations here at Arizona Vein & Laser Institute.
My legs haven’t felt this good in years! They were so painful and heavy. I’m ready to go dancing! The staff and Dr. Sharma are amazing. Very professional and knowledgeable. Thank you so much!
I heard many great things about Dr. Sharma so I referred my mother here. She was suffering from severe leg pain, burning pains, heaviness, leg cramps that would wake her at night and severe lumpy varicose veins. She would complain of severe fatigue and that her legs always itched. She was unable to be on her feet for very long. Now my mother feels amazing! She said for the first time in years she’s been able to sleep through a complete night without being woken up by her cramps. She now feels like she can be more active and her legs feel lighter. She was very pleased with the result and the staff.
I’ve known Dr Sharma for over 4 years and I’ve discovered a number of great qualities about him and his practice. My has a family history of Phlebitis which the vein inflammation that causes pain and discomfort on the legs, as well as the arms. Because of the experience and passion Dr. Sharma shows in his daily practice we will be using him in the future. The staff @ Arizona Vein Laser institute also expresses his same passion. Charles G.