Minimally Invasive Endovascular Surgery Specialist

Vascular Institute of Arizona

Praveen C Balraj, MD, FACS

Vascular and Endovascular Surgery located in Queen Creek, AZ

Minimally invasive endovascular surgery offers patients a way to resolve problems affecting the veins and arteries without having open surgery. Praveen Balraj, MD, FACS, RPVI, of the Vascular Institute of Arizona, offers minimally invasive endovascular surgery to treat conditions like atherosclerosis and chronic venous insufficiency. Dr. Balraj is a top-notch, board-certified vascular and endovascular surgeon who has been voted among the best in the region. Call the Vascular Institute of Arizona office in Queen Creek, Arizona, today to find out more, or book your appointment online.

Minimally Invasive Endovascular Surgery Q&A

What is minimally invasive endovascular surgery?

Minimally invasive endovascular surgery is a way of treating blood vessel conditions without having to make large incisions. Instead, Dr. Balraj inserts a thin, flexible tube called a catheter into a blood vessel.

The catheter travels along a large vein or artery to the treatment site. When it’s in position, Dr. Balraj uses tiny instruments to carry out the procedures or delivers medications to treat your vascular problem.

What can minimally invasive endovascular surgery treat?

Minimally invasive endovascular surgery is suitable for treating many vascular conditions, including:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Diseases of the visceral arteries
  • Renal vascular disease
  • Aortic aneurysms
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Critical limb ischemia

Each condition requires a specific form of minimally invasive endovascular surgery.

What kinds of minimally invasive endovascular surgery are there?

Dr. Balraj offers several kinds of minimally invasive endovascular surgeries at the Vascular Institute of Arizona, including:

Balloon angioplasty and stenting

Balloon angioplasty treats atherosclerosis and related conditions like peripheral arterial disease and carotid artery disease. Dr. Balraj inflates a tiny balloon at the tip of the catheter to open up narrowed arteries and then fits a mesh tube (stent) to keep the artery open.

Atherectomy

Atherectomy is an alternative treatment for atherosclerosis. It involves breaking up or scraping away the sticky plaque that causes your arteries to narrow.

Blood clot clearance

If you have a DVT, Dr. Balraj can deliver clot-busting medication into the affected blood vessel or remove a large blood clot.

Embolization

Embolization stops blood from flowing to aneurysms, tumors, and abnormal blood vessels.

The Vascular Institute of Arizona uses state-of-the-art imaging systems to guide Dr. Balraj during minimally invasive endovascular surgery. Vascular imaging services are provided for urgent referrals as well.

What are the benefits of minimally invasive endovascular surgery?

Minimally invasive endovascular surgery offers several advantages when compared with open surgery, including:

  • Small incisions
  • Minimal discomfort
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer risks
  • Insignificant scarring
  • Shorter recovery time

The Vascular Institute of Arizona provides a one-stop-shop for patients, many of whom can have in-office minimally invasive endovascular surgery. Dr. Balraj also does hospital-based surgical and endovascular procedures, ranging from minimally invasive treatments to traditional surgery.

To find out more about minimally invasive endovascular surgery and if it’s suitable for you, call the Vascular Institute of Arizona today or book an appointment online.