Ellichman Vein & Vascular Centers
Jonathan J Ellichman, M.D.
Vascular Surgeon & Wound Care Specialist located in Memphis, TN
Minimally invasive vascular surgery treats your diseased artery through high-tech yet conservative means. At Ellichman Vein & Vascular Centers, vascular surgeon Jonathan Ellichman, MD, provides personalized care from diagnosis to treatment on-site, often on the same day. This means minimal pain and a fast recovery. Call the Memphis, Tennessee, office or click online booking to arrange your consultation now.
Minimally Invasive Vascular Surgery Q & A
What is minimally invasive vascular surgery?
Minimally invasive vascular surgery encompasses techniques that treat vascular disease. At Ellichman Vein & Vascular Centers, Dr. Ellichman uses a variety of minimally invasive surgical protocols based on your condition, risk factors, and personal health issues.
Dr. Ellichman typically uses pedal access (lower leg arteries), popliteal access (behind your knee), or tibial access (in your upper leg) to reach your artery.
Dr. Ellichman has one of the highest volumes and is one of the most experienced endovascular surgeons in the state of Tennessee.
He performs techniques such as:
In an atherectomy, Dr. Ellichman removes plaque from your artery with a specialized rotating tool or laser. This widens it, restoring better blood flow.
In an angioplasty, Dr. Ellichman places a slim tube (catheter) into your artery. The catheter houses a balloon at its tip, and Dr. Ellichman inflates that tiny balloon to open the blocked artery.
A stent is a mesh tube that holds a weak or damaged artery open. Dr. Ellichman may place a stent after angioplasty.
In some cases, Dr. Ellichman may perform hybrid vascular surgery. This form of surgery combines minimally invasive and traditional open surgery techniques for maximum efficacy.
Dr. Ellichman has the lowest stent rate in Tennessee, according to the Medicare database.
When would I need minimally invasive vascular surgery?
There are several reasons that you might need minimally invasive vascular surgery, including:
- Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
- Arterial blockage
- Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
In cases of chronic or acute limb ischemia, or if you have an arterial blockage after a previous vascular reconstruction, Dr. Ellichman may recommend hybrid or open vascular surgery instead.
How do you prepare for minimally invasive vascular surgery?
The first step in preparing for minimally invasive vascular surgery is an accurate diagnosis. Ellichman Vein & Vascular Centers is a one-stop shop for all of your needs, so you’ll have any necessary diagnostic tests on-site. Some of the different diagnostic tests available include ankle-brachial index, ultrasound, aortogram, and angiogram.
If needed, you can generally receive a diagnosis and begin your treatment that same day.
Are there alternatives to minimally invasive vascular surgery?
In some cases, surgery might not be the best option for you. Dr. Ellichman may recommend a minimally invasive nonsurgical treatment like radiofrequency ablation, in which he heats a diseased vein. This causes your vein to scar and then close off.
Endovenous chemoablation is a similar treatment. Instead of heat, however, Dr. Ellichman injects a chemical solution to bring on scarring and vein closure.
At Ellichman Vein & Vascular Centers, you can get both nonsurgical treatments and minimally invasive surgery in the office. Learn how these treatments can work for you by calling the office or by booking an appointment through the provided link.