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Vascular Surgery

Vascular surgeons at Bristol Health perform a variety of minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat problems in the blood vessels.

Vascular Surgery:
Better Care for Better Blood Flow

Vascular surgeons have received specialized training in performing procedures that affect your blood flow. At Bristol Health, our expert surgeons use many different techniques to diagnose blood vessel problems and correct issues that could put your health at risk.
Our vascular surgeons perform procedures such as:

Carotid Angiogram

A carotid angiogram uses a special dye and X-ray technology to study the blood flow in your carotid artery, which provides blood to your face and brain. For this procedure, your vascular surgeon inserts a thin tube (catheter) through an incision in your leg and guides it up into your carotid artery in your neck. They then inject a dye which shows how blood flows and reveals any narrowing or blockages in the carotid artery.


Carotid Endarterectomy

If the carotid artery becomes narrowed or blocked by plaque, it can put you at high risk for a stroke. During a carotid endarterectomy, your vascular surgeon uses a single incision to clear out plaque and help open up the artery, reducing your stroke risk.

Pacemaker Placement

A pacemaker monitors your heart rate and delivers small electrical shocks if it becomes too slow or irregular. A surgeon can implant this small device, no bigger than a matchbook, under the skin of your chest. Small wires, called leads, are then directed through your blood vessels and into your heart. These wires will deliver the electrical shock if necessary and help your heart pump blood normally.

Port Placement

A port is a small device that helps your medical team deliver medicine or draw blood quickly without multiple needle sticks. You may need a port if you receive infusions often, such as for cancer treatment. A vascular surgeon can place a port in a blood vessel in your chest or in your arm during a quick procedure that only requires local anesthetic. The port will stay in place throughout your treatment and can easily be removed when treatment is over.


Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair

Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are weakened areas of the aorta, the major blood vessel that runs from your heart to your lower body. These weakened areas can bulge out (form an aneurysm), putting you at risk for a life-threatening condition called aortic dissection. Vascular surgeons can use minimally invasive procedures to strengthen the aorta with a stent (a mesh metal tube) and prevent blood from flowing into the aneurysm. This procedure reduces your risk for aortic dissection.

Surgery During COVID-19 Explained

Chief of Surgery Dr. Jeffrey Meter answers common questions surrounding surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic and how Bristol Health is ensuring patient safety.

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The Center for Surgery and Endoscopy

Our state-of-the-art Center for Surgery and Endoscopy is designed with special sensitivity to our patients’ convenience and privacy needs. Beginning with arrival, patients will appreciate the convenience of the dedicated entrance and the canopied drop-off area.

Accompanying family members will find comfort in the large waiting area, including a coffee shop and playroom for children. Once brought into the clinical area, patients will enjoy the privacy and comfort of the bright and cheerful pre- and post-procedure rooms. To heighten comfort and diminish anxiety, rooms include a television for each patient. A dedicated pediatric recovery room allows loved ones the space and privacy needed to meet the unique comfort needs of children.

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Lisa Coates, LCSW, operations manager of the Bristol Health Counseling Center, was the featured guest on this Sunday's WTIC Face Connecticut public affairs program. Listen to her interview here.

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Mar 30, 2020

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Dec 16, 2019

Bristol Health to move its Southington location, expand its services

SOUTHINGTON – Bristol Health Medical Group has announced that it will be moving its Southington location into the former Rite-Aid building on Main Street, expanding its services as it aims for a January 2020 opening.

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Dec 04, 2019

Please contribute to the Lights of Love campaign

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