Your vascular system is made up of arteries and veins. As you age, your arteries may build up with plaque and cholesterol, and become stiff and narrow. This can block blood flow, and lead to serious problems like heart disease and stroke. Our team at Foundation Vascular Surgery includes board-certified vascular surgeons from Massachusetts General Hospital. We treat: Aneurysm (a weak area in a blood vessel wall that can burst and bleed) Carotid artery disease (plaque buildup in the carotid arteries on either side of the neck) Peripheral vascular diseases (plaque buildup in arteries in the leg and elsewhere) Varicose veins Spider veins Other vascular diseases and conditions like blood clots We specialize in a variety of procedures and therapies, including: Radiofrequency ablation: using radiofrequency energy to treat larger varicose veins and their underlying cause. This is done in the office with ultrasound guidance, under local anesthesia. Sclerotherapy: using fluid injected into spider veins to harden them so they can’t fill with blood, causing them to collapse and disappear. Venous duplex imaging: using ultrasound to see and inspect a vein for blood flow and abnormalities. Aortic aneurysm repair: using traditional surgery, or endovascular technique, to repair an aneurysm, or bulge, in the stomach’s main blood vessel. Venous access: inserting a flexible, sterile, thin plastic tube, or catheter, into a blood vessel to draw blood, clean blood during dialysis, or deliver medications (chemotherapy) and nutrients via the bloodstream, over a period of time. Our vascular surgeons are experts in both traditional and minimally invasive surgical procedures.