Rhode Island Vascular Surgery
Brown Vascular Doctors
The Division of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery at Brown Surgical Associates is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of all types of arterial and venous diseases. Our team of highly trained vascular surgeons is well-versed in both open surgical techniques and minimally invasive endovascular approaches to treat most diseases and disorders affecting circulation in the neck, chest, abdomen, and extremities.
Along with our experienced nurse practitioner and staff, we look forward to providing you and your family with comprehensive and compassionate care with a special focus on patient education, disease prevention, and management of common complications like chronic non-healing wounds.
We have several locations throughout Rhode Island for your convenience. Having a nationally accredited in-house Vascular Laboratory at all our locations allows us to provide expedited, individualized care with each visit. Our experienced staff and vascular technologists are ready to answer all your questions about your upcoming appointment, vascular tests, and office-based procedures (link to Procedures We Perform).
BSA Vascular Surgery Specialists
- T. Nicholas Carruthers, MD, RPVILocation: Smithfield - 900 Douglas Pike, Suite B1
- Andrew Fournier, NP
Vascular Diseases We treat
Vascular disease is a major cause of pain, disability, and death. It is a common cause of heart attacks, strokes, and limb loss. It is estimated that nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have some form of vascular disease.
Below is a comprehensive list of the diseases our highly trained vascular surgeons treat.
Common Vascular Diseases
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
- Arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
- Blood clot
- Carotid artery disease
- Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)
- Coronary artery disease
- Critical limb ischemia (CLI)
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
- Pulmonary embolism
- Thoracic aortic aneurysm
- Varicose veins
Signs and Symptoms of Vascular Disease
Wondering how you might be able to tell if you have a problem with your blood vessels or circulatory system? The signs and symptoms you experience will depend on the type of condition you have.
Here are some common signs and symptoms of vascular disease:
- Claudication or muscle pain in the legs that occurs with activity and goes away with rest – common with peripheral artery disease
- A mass felt in the abdomen, sometimes accompanied by a pulsing sensation – common with an abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Noticeably bulging veins just under the skin – common with varicose veins
- Weakness or numbness in the limbs on just one side of the body – common with carotid artery disease
It is important to note that no signs or symptoms of vascular disease are often noticeable – until it is too late (as in the case of heart attack or stroke).
To reduce your risk of vascular disease, it is critical to see your doctor for annual checkups, or anytime you have a health issue or concern. Making healthy choices can also lessen your risk of vascular disease, including quitting smoking, losing weight, and properly managing chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
The board-certified vascular surgeons at Brown Surgical Associates are leaders in the field, providing advanced surgical treatment for complex vascular conditions to patients in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts, including:
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm stenting or traditional open repair
- Carotid stenting or endarterectomy
- Peripheral arterial interventions, including angioplasty, stenting, or laser atherectomy
- Traditional bypass surgery for diabetic vascular disease and limb salvage
- Treatment of chronic nonhealing wounds due to poor circulation
Minimally invasive options are selected when appropriate, which are often more convenient for patients and can help speed patient recovery.
Comprehensive management is also available for many disorders of the venous system, including treatment for varicose veins, phlebitis, and arteriovenous malformations. We offer in-office procedures for varicose veins, including ablation procedures and sclerotherapy.
Our vascular specialists will coordinate with the rest of your healthcare team – including your family and/or heart doctor – to help you best manage your condition.
If you have questions about our vascular surgery services or which doctor to choose, call us at (401) 272-1800.
Vascular Surgery Resources
Society for Vascular Surgery Patient Resources
American Heart Association: Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Resources