Vascular Evaluation and Correction Prior to Orthopedic Surgery

Vascular Center at Mercy - Baltimore

The Vascular Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of circulatory system disorders. Our vascular surgeons also offer patients comprehensive testing, screening and evaluation of the complete vascular system.

What is Vascular Evaluation?

Prior to orthopedic surgeries, surgeons need to ensure that patients don’t have other medical conditions that could compromise or prevent surgery. A vascular evaluation by a vascular physician and diagnostics through the nationally accredited Vascular Laboratory can determine if the patient has any undetected circulatory issues that could influence a successful surgical outcome.

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Types of Vascular Evaluations:

The vascular evaluation will start with a physical exam. If questions arise about the possibility of vascular disease, non-invasive diagnostics such as ultrasounds and pulse volume recordings will be performed. The ultrasounds are critical to getting images of blood vessels and blood flow to ensure that vascular health is at its best.

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How is a Vascular Ultrasound performed?

Doppler ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves to create images. Ultrasound gel is applied to the area for scanning and a small probe (transducer) produces high-frequency sound waves that create real time images. The screening tools do not include radiation as used in x-rays, and are safe tests.  An ultrasound is painless and allows vascular doctors to monitor blood flow, detect blockages, aneurysms or clots in the blood vessels that can be life threatening if left untreated.

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Who should receive a Vascular Evaluation?

Orthopedic surgeons will refer patients to a vascular specialist prior to surgery to ensure there are no undetected vascular conditions.  Vascular doctors can also be included in post surgery recovery to ensure blood clots haven’t developed after surgery.

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Why have a Vascular Evaluation at Mercy?

The Vascular Center at Mercy works together with The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital and community orthopedic surgeons to ensure that patients receive expert care prior to and following orthopedic surgery.  In addition, The Vascular Center at Mercy includes the nationally accredited Vascular Laboratory at Mercy and Mercy’s Community Physician sites. Patients can see a vascular surgeon, get a diagnostic test which is interpreted by the vascular technician or surgeon and return to the vascular surgeon for treatment options or a clean vascular bill of health -- all in the same appointment.

Meet Our Doctors: Vascular Center
The Vascular Center at Mercy - Baltimore, MD
Paul Lucas, M.D.

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Dr. Paul Lucas, Director of The Vascular Center at Mercy, leads a clinical team providing diagnosis and treatment for circulatory problems, including aneurysm, stroke, swelling of the leg and blockages.

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Patient Story:
Cheryl - Mercy Patient
Cheryl

Cheryl wears compression socks while working to help with venous insufficiency, a buildup of pressure in her legs.

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