Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist

Nelson Menezes Vascular Specialist PC

Nelson S. Menezes, MD

Vascular Specialist located in Fort Greene & Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY

Did you know that minimally invasive surgery for vascular conditions is actually done inside your blood vessels? With extensive experience and exceptional surgical skills, Nelson Menezes, MD, performs minimally invasive vascular surgery in his fully accredited, office-based surgical suite. At the practice, Nelson Menezes Vascular Specialist PC in Brooklyn Heights, your minimally invasive surgery is done in a state-of-the-art procedure room or vascular laboratory. To schedule an appointment, use online booking or call one of the New York City offices in Brooklyn Heights or Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is done using smaller incisions than those required for open surgery. The size of a minimally invasive incision depends on the type of procedure. 

One of the most common procedures outside vascular surgery, laparoscopy, uses incisions that are no longer than one-half inch. By comparison, open surgery generally demands a 6-12 inch abdominal incision.

Dr. Menezes uses the smallest of all incisions because he performs minimally invasive vascular surgery with narrow catheters and fibers that are guided through your veins or arteries. As a result, his incision needs to be just large enough to get into your blood vessel.

What types of vascular procedures are performed with minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive vascular surgery that’s performed using specialized tools inside your blood vessels is called an endovascular procedure. These are a few examples of the most common endovascular procedures:

  • Angioplasty and stenting, to open blood vessels blocked with plaque and insert a stent to keep the vessel open
  • Endovenous laser or radiofrequency ablation, to eliminate varicose veins
  • IVC filter placement, to insert a filter that catches blood clots before they enter your lungs
  • Thrombolytic therapy, to administer clot-busting medications at the site of the clot
  • Maintenance of dialysis access
  • Aneurysm repair, to insert a stent graft that bypasses the aneurysm
  • Catheter angiography, to diagnose atherosclerosis, aneurysms, and other vascular problems

Using these minimally invasive options, Dr. Menezes can treat a wide range of vascular conditions, from varicose veins and peripheral artery disease to deep vein thrombosis, carotid artery disease, and abdominal aortic aneurysms.

What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

The great benefit of using a smaller incision is that it causes less trauma to your body, which translates into less bleeding during surgery and much less pain during your recovery. You’ll also recover more quickly because you don’t need to wait for a large incision to heal. 

Minimally invasive vascular surgery also allows Dr. Menezes to perform most procedures on an outpatient basis. As a result, you avoid a hospital stay. And most patients are happy that they won’t have a large, unattractive surgical scar.

To learn more about minimally invasive vascular surgery, call Nelson Menezes Vascular Specialist PC or book an appointment online.