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October 25 , 2017 /

Vascular and Vein Center at Gulfcoast Surgeons Adds New Surgeon

Abraham Sadighi, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Michael Novotney, M.D., F.A.C.S. have built one of Lee County’s largest and most respected vascular and vein practices.  Through nearly 30 years, the surgeons have successfully treated thousands of vein and artery diseases. Now, the two surgeons have brought a new face to the practice, Angela Echeverria, M.D.  Dr. Echeverria is board certified in general surgery and board eligible in vascular surgery. She specializes in all aspects of vascular treatment of arterial and venous disorders.  In addition to varicose vein treatment, she also has experience in aortic aneurysm repair, pediatric vascular disorders, endo leak repair, thoracoabdominal aneurysms, aortic aneurysm repair and is prolific in complex aortic reconstruction.

She has trained under some of the most world-renowned surgeons for vascular and aortic treatments.  During her vascular surgery fellowship at Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery College of Medicine, she worked side-by-side with Joseph Coselli, M.D. who is known the world over for his work in thoracoabdominal aneurysms and cardiothoracic surgery.

She specializes in all aspects of vascular treatment of arterial and venous disorders.  In addition to varicose vein treatment, she also has experience in aortic aneurysm repair, pediatric vascular disorders, endo leak repair, thoracoabdominal aneurysms, aortic aneurysm repair and is prolific in complex aortic reconstruction.  One of her more unique specialties deals with vascular issues concerning female patients.  Her interests include the treatment of pelvic congestion syndrome, which is a chronic medical condition in women caused by varicose veins in the lower abdomen. uterine fibroid embolization which is a procedure that blocks blood flow to fibroids in the uterus and fenestrated endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (FEVAR).

Locations and services expand

Dr. Echeverria’s position with the practice is just part of the evolving growth and expansion The Vascular and Vein Center at Gulfcoast Surgeons is undergoing.  In addition to a full vascular lab, the practice recently added an Angio Suite at its location in Fort Myers.  Patients who must undergo routine procedures such as angioplasty and stent have typically been forced to go to a hospital outpatient facility, wait for hours and pay exorbitant prices. Now, these procedures can be performed right in the Angio Suite at Gulfcoast Surgeons. All procedures are performed in the peripheral vessels, such as the legs. Through our state-of-the-art imaging machines, our surgeons can provide safe and effective procedures at a fraction of the cost and significantly quicker than through traditional hospital setting. The new service provides a much higher level of convenience and cost-saving for patients.

The practice has also expanded into Cape Coral. Dr. Echeverria will see patients in Cape Coral and she has privileges at all Lee Health Hospitals and can serve patients in their own home town.  Plans are in motion to open a new office in Cape Coral that includes an Angio Suite, but those are still in the works.

“We have a very strong patient base in Cape Coral and are trying to find ways to service them most conveniently in their home town.  Our office now is a great start and we look forward to continuing our quest to provide full-service to our patients where they live,” said Sadighi.

Services offered: 

The Vascular and Vein Center at Gulfcoast Surgeons continues to offer a wide-range of services for patients suffering from vascular and vein diseases or conditions.  These can be anything from cosmetic procedures to correct rosacea or spider veins to more serious, perhaps even life-saving treatments for peripheral artery disease, varicose veins, aneurysms, carotid artery disease and deep vein thrombosis.

“As a practice, our number one goal is to help patients recover and return to normal activities following any medical event involving the vascular system,” said Novotney. “There is nothing like seeing the faces of patients following varicose vein surgery, for example, and they realize that for the first time in ages, they no longer have pain when they walk or stand.  It gives them new life.”

Most vascular treatments are covered by insurance if they are causing pain or discomfort.  The practice offers free vein screenings to determine if further evaluation is necessary.  Once it is determined that there is a problem with someone’s veins, the team works with insurance providers to identify coverage options for patients.

“I’m so looking forward to working with the staff and patients at the Vascular and Vein Center at Gulfcoast Surgeons,” said Echeverria. “From what I’ve experienced already, the entire staff cares deeply about the well-being of patients and each other. That’s the kind of environment that promotes faster healing of patients and a valuable work experience for staff members.”

Angela Echeverria, M.D.,Dr. Abraham Sadighi, M.D. and Dr. Michael Novotny, M.D. Vascular & Vein Center at Gulfcoast Surgeons

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