Lymphedema Management and Treatment

Lymphedema Management and Treatment

Beginning March 2016, lymphedema management and treatment has become available at the Dubai practice of Vascular.ae. What this means is that a vascular surgery assessment and subsequent lymphatic massage are all done at the same facility and at the same visit. This is especially focused on patients with breast cancer who have had their axillary nodes removed. The first such facility to do so in the country. Each treatment session of lymphatic massage shall be preceded and...

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Aneurysms

Aneurysms

An aneurysm is the simple ballooning of a blood vessel. This can affect the “arteries” or the tubes, which carry “clean” blood as well as the veins (unclean blood). Not only are aneurysms more common in the arteries but also more dangerous. They can either become so big that they can burst…”rupture”, or like an empty dumpster which is a magnet for garbage, an aneurysm collects blood and develops “clots” (garbage). These can then break off and go to the...

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Risk of Heart Attack / Heart Failure / Stroke with Vascular Surgery

Risk of Heart Attack / Heart Failure / Stroke with Vascular Surgery

Yes doctor…I understand the procedure, but what is the risk…. While most vascular procedures are so minimally invasive that the risks are quite low, especially procedures on veins. However, the risk increases significantly, when we get into vascular problems involving carotid artery stenosis (narrowing of the arteries in the neck which can cause strokes), aortic aneurysms (ballooning of the blood vessels which can burst and cause instantaneous death) or severe shortage...

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Diabetes and Blockages in Hand Blood Vessels

Diabetes and Blockages in Hand Blood Vessels

With an increasing prevalence of Diabetes, the number of patients with blockages in the blood vessels (specifically the arteries) is increasing. These patients typically come with leg complaints such as pain in the calf when walking, an ulcer that is not healing or some even with gangrene. What we have seen increasing in our practice is that patients are presenting with hand symptoms as well. One was a 63 year old lady who had diabetes and had a dialysis fistula in the arm...

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Birthmarks or Congenital Vascular Malformations

Birthmarks or Congenital Vascular Malformations

What is a hemangioma? A hemangioma is a type of birthmark. It is the most common benign (noncancerous) tumor of the skin. Hemangiomas may be present at birth (faint red mark) or may appear in the first months after birth. A hemangioma is also known as a port wine stain, strawberry hemangioma, and salmon patch. About 60 percent of hemangiomas occur in the head or neck area. Hemangiomas occur at least three times more often in females than in males. Most will continue to...

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Stroke – Silent Killer

Stroke – Silent Killer

Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability worldwide. More than half of all stroke patients are left dependant on others for their daily activities. Stroke happens 25% more in women compared to men. Majority of strokes are "ischemic" - due to blockages ( plaque - see image ) in the blood vessels. Majority of these strokes are preventable either through medical management or through surgery - which in the appropriate hands - allows you to reduce the risk by 6% to 17%...

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Abdominal aortic aneurysms

Abdominal aortic aneurysms

The aorta is the largest blood vessel in your body. It takes blood to the different parts of the body, much like a main road and through its various exits gives good blood to the different parts of the body. Sometimes this main road (aorta), especially in the lower part of the belly can become big like a balloon - an abdominal aortic aneurysm. As this balloon becomes bigger it is at risk of popping. When it does burst (rupture) it can cause sudden death - entirely...

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What is an angiogram?

An angiogram is an imaging test that uses x-rays to view your body’s blood vessels. Physicians often use this test to study narrow, blocked, enlarged, or malformed arteries or veins in many parts of your body, including your brain, heart, abdomen, and legs. When the arteries are studied, the test is also called an arteriogram. If the veins are studied, it is called a venogram. To create the x-ray images, your physician will inject a liquid, sometimes called "dye", through...

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Varicose veins

Varicose veins

Varicose veins are the most common presentation of problems with the vein circulation. Almost half of us with varicose veins will suffer from problems such as: 1. Heaviness in the legs 2. Aching 3. Cramping 4. Tingling 5. Itching It is not just a cosmetic problem, but a quality of life issue. The developments in surgical techniques has now made the treatment of veins easy WITHOUT the need for staying in the hospital or receiving general anesthesia and often times they...

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