There’s a saying that knowledge is power and, when it comes to the physical nature of our bodies, this is certainly an accurate one.
With its ability to see internal body structures such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels, and internal organs, ultrasound technology is providing that knowledge across medical disciplines and we’re all the better for it.
Peter Laws and his colleagues at Christchurch Vascular Group have recently launched a new vascular ultrasound service, with a recently appointed MRTB accredited vascular sonographer now able to offer a full range of vascular duplex investigations in the fully equipped vascular lab.
Providing carotid duplex, deep vein thrombosis (including calf and abdominal deep veins if indicated), abdominal aortic aneurysm screening and surveillance, the team is also happy to discuss scan referrals for other vascular conditions. Alternatively, you can refer to its vascular surgeons for consultation.
Clear, digitally produced reports will be made immediately available to you and answering any clinical questions is the top priority. Equipped with the latest ultrasound technology and fully accredited, expert staff, Christchurch Vascular can deliver the highest standard, evidence-based investigations.
Christchurch Vascular Group is located at 256 Papanui Road, phone
03-365 4502 or email email@example.com.
It’s a fancy word, but an aneurysm is simply a dilated blood vessel. As the blood vessel dilates, there is an increased risk of complications such as thrombosis or rupture.
If the abdomen’s main blood vessel – the aorta – becomes dilated or greater than 30mm, it is called an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm or AAA, for short. While the risk of rupture is very low for aneurysms smaller than 55mm, this risk increases with larger aneurysms and those increasing quickly in size.
With asymptomatic disease, it’s important to understand the risks of doing nothing versus the risk of intervention. Not surprisingly, the risk of death from rupture within the community is extremely high, whereas the risk from elective repair is relatively low, with most cases only requiring minimally invasive surgery.
Unlike the UK or Australia, there is no National Aneurysm screening programme in New Zealand despite a recent observational study of more than 4,000 individuals showing the prevalence of aortic aneurysms in men (ages 65-74) was as high as 9.1 percent and an astonishing 16.8 percent for men aged 75-84, increasing further to 22 percent in the over-85 age group.
While not everyone with an aneurysm requires surgery, a simple and relatively inexpensive test can be performed to exclude an aneurysm and determine size when present.
At Christchurch Vascular Group, consultant specialist Vascular Surgeon Peter Laws or one of his consultant colleagues can arrange for an ultrasound scan at their clinic in St George’s Hospital or at your chosen provider. Peter can then discuss treatment options or continued observation as required. Why not make an appointment today for peace of mind.
Contact Christchurch Vascular Group on 03-365 4502 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.