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Vascular Surgery Specialist

We're So Vain

General Surgeon & Vascular Surgeon located in New London, CT

Vascular surgery may be necessary if you have severe vein damage that doesn’t respond to more conservative treatment solutions. With the help of board-certified vein specialist Gregory Azia, MD, you can undergo a minimally invasive vascular surgery at We're So Vain in New London, Connecticut. If you have vein issues or would like a second opinion about vascular surgery, schedule an evaluation today. You can conveniently book an appointment either online or by phone today.

Vascular Surgery Q & A

Why do I need vascular surgery?

Your veins work hard to bring blood back to your heart. Because your veins, particularly veins in your lower extremities, are continuously fighting the effects of gravity, sometimes, the one-way valves fail. This causes blood to pool or backflow in your veins, which damages them.

You may need vascular surgery to treat problem veins if you have:

  • Severe varicose veins
  • History of leg or foot ulcers
  • Deep vein thrombosis 
  • Venous insufficiency 
  • Abnormal vein bleeding
  • Blood clots

Vascular surgery is generally the last resort if conservative treatments have either failed or aren’t an ideal solution for your diagnosis. 

What happens during vascular surgery?

We're So Vain provides up-to-date vascular surgical procedures using the latest tools and techniques. In most cases, it’s necessary to go under general anesthesia for vascular surgery, although spinal anesthesia to numb the lower part of your body may be an option, too. In any case, Dr. Azia performs vein surgeries on an outpatient basis, so you can have someone drive you home afterward.

During your vascular surgery, Dr. Azia makes several small incisions to access your damaged vein. He may only need to surgically seal off the vein to stop blood flow through the vein and encourage blood flow through healthier veins.

For more severe vein issues, Dr. Azia may need to remove the problem vein. He threads a thin plastic wire into your vein, starting at the top incision in the upper part of your leg. Dr. Azia then carefully ties the wire to the vein and gently pulls it out through an incision in the lower part of your leg.

Once your surgery is complete, Dr. Azia closes your incisions and wraps them in bandages. He may also put compression stockings on your feet before clearing you to return home. 

How long is the recovery after vascular surgery?

It’s crucial to stay off your feet for several days after vascular surgery. Dr. Azia lets you know when it’s safe to remove your bandages. Full recovery from vascular surgery takes anywhere from two to four weeks, depending on how quickly you heal. Throughout your recovery, it’s important to elevate your feet regularly to prevent swelling.

We're So Vain provides vascular surgery solutions using state-of-the-art tools and techniques. Use the online booking tool or call the office to schedule your evaluation today.