At Park Nicollet Vascular Surgery, we offer a comprehensive range of tests and treatment options to help you manage all types of vascular conditions.
An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a weak area in the wall of the abdominal aorta – the artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. The aorta is the body’s largest blood vessel, and when an area is weak, it may bulge like a balloon when blood flows through it. The most common site for an aortic aneurysm to occur is below the point where the aorta divides to supply blood to the kidneys and above the point where it divides to supply blood to the pelvis and legs. Aneurysms are a serious health risk because they may burst or rupture, causing severe internal bleeding.
Carotid arteries are located on each side of your neck. They provide the main blood supply to your brain. Carotid artery disease occurs when atherosclerosis develops in the carotid arteries. Atherosclerosis is a process in which deposits called plaque build up in the arteries, decreasing blood flow. Carotid artery disease is a major risk factor for stroke.
Your arteries carry blood from your heart to the rest of your body, and your veins return the blood back to your heart. Chronic venous insufficiency occurs when your veins cannot pump enough blood back to your heart.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep within a muscle. It can occur in any vein, but most often in leg veins. In some patients with DVT, parts of the clot can break off and move to other blood vessels in other parts of the body, lodging in lungs or other areas. When it lodges in the lungs, it’s called pulmonary embolism, a condition that can be life-threatening.
Heart and blood vessel disease is the most serious and most common complication of diabetes. It often affects the blood vessels in the heart, brain and legs, but can affect major blood vessels anywhere in the body.
Digital artery conditions are disorders in which the fingers or toes suddenly lose blood circulation, usually in response to cold. Also called Raynaud’s disease or Raynaud’s phenomenon, digital artery conditions can occur on their own, or may be associated with other conditions such as atherosclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma or repetitive injuries.
Mesenteric artery conditions affect the major arteries that carry blood to the liver, spleen and intestines. In mesenteric artery conditions, blood flowing through these arteries is reduced or blocked. Mesenteric artery conditions can be acute (occurring suddenly) or chronic (developing over time).
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a condition that causes poor circulation in the legs, occurs when there is not enough blood flow through arteries to parts of the body. The most common cause is atherosclerosis, a process in which deposits called plaque build up in arteries, decreasing blood flow. Left untreated, PAD increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, amputation, or death.
Portal hypertension is high blood pressure in the portal vein. The portal vein carries blood from digestive organs to the liver. If blood vessels in the liver are blocked, portal hypertension occurs. When blood can’t flow normally through the portal vein, it returns to the heart using other blood vessels. These blood vessels, called varices, become swollen because of the increased amount of blood flowing through them. Varices are fragile and can break open and bleed. Bleeding from broken varices can be serious.
A pulmonary embolism is a blockage of an artery in the lungs. It usually occurs when part of a blood clot breaks off and lodges in the lungs. A pulmonary embolism can be life-threatening.
Rental artery stenosis is a narrowing of an artery that supplies blood to a kidney. It can lead to high blood pressure or kidney failure.
The aorta is the body’s largest blood vessel, which carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. The part of the aorta that runs through the chest is called the thoracic aorta. A thoracic aneurysm is a weak area in the wall of the aorta. When an area is weak, it may bulge like a balloon when blood flows through it. Aneurysms are a serious health risk because they may burst or rupture, causing severe internal bleeding.
Thoracic outlet syndrome occurs when blood vessels and nerves near the collarbone become compressed. It often affects both sides of the body, but may be worse on one side.
Varicose veins are abnormally enlarged veins close to your skin’s surface. They usually occur in the legs and feet, because standing and walking increases pressure in the veins in your lower body. When the veins stretch and become weak, blood pools in the veins, which enlarge. Unlike the smaller spider veins, varicose veins often cause pain and swelling, and can lead to more serious health problems if not treated.
Park Nicollet Vascular Surgery uses VNUS® ClosureFAST™, the latest minimally invasive surgical treatment, for eliminating painful and unsightly varicose veins. Unlike many other centers, we usually can eliminate your varicose veins in both legs during the same treatment, so you don’t have to come back for multiple procedures – saving you time and money. VNUS is covered by most insurance plans, and no referral is needed.
Vascular malformations are birthmarks or growths that are made up of abnormal clusters of blood vessels. They are congenital, which means they are present at birth, but they may not be visible until weeks or even years after birth. Usually, vascular malformations will grow as the child grows. Vascular malformations can create problems with the normal flow of blood.