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Dr. Linda Harris

Vascular Surgery
Holtsville, NY
35 years experience

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Vascular Surgery

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English

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41 Answers
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
HrmodialysisSurgery : Operation connecting an artery and vein directly to allow the vein to be used for hemodialysis. No plastic out artificial material is used. The surge... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Depends on symptoms: Varicose veins themselves are not dangerous. If they are causing discomfort, there are multiple treatments available. Treatments depend on the size o... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Control risk factors: If the blockage is not severe, and there are no symptoms, management includes risk factor control. Cholesterol should be lowered- which can be done w... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: There are several medications that are useful for pad. These include the statin medications (for cholesterol), which stabilize plaques, aspirin/plavi... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: There are several topical dressings that have been shown to accelerate wound healing time. Seeing a vascular surgeon or a wound clinic would be in yo... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Not directlt: While MRSA does not cause lymphedema, patients with lymphedema can have an exacerbation, or worsening of their swelling with any skin infection.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Accredited Lab: You should find an icavl accredited vascular lab. Many physicians will perform studies. The icavl is a multidisciplinary organizations that accredit... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Depends: Most access surgeons will recommend 1-2 weeks after placement. This is to allow scar to form around the graft so that your risk of bleeding/infection... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: There are many causes for cold hands and feet. If your circulation itself is normal, this may be a vasospasm problem. In this case, avoiding smoking... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
High blood pressure: If your artery to the kidney is completely blocked, there is no reason to restore flow. However, you should be sure that it is completely blocked, ra... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
No: However, this should be evaluated to make sure that it is not a tumor on top of the carotid (carotid body tumor). This can be evaluated with a simple... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Yes and no: This means that you have blockage in your arteries, which is not necessarily severe enough to require surgery. It is also a marker of hardening of th... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Many factors: Diabetics often have issues with sensation or feeling and may not appreciate repetitive trauma. Diabetics also have more difficulty with infection, an... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Good idea: A pfo allows blood clouds from veins to travel to the arterial circulation. This can cause stroke as well other vascular emergencies. Blood thinners... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: This is actually extremely common. It is called phantom pain. At least 2/3 of patients admit to phantom pain. Normal pain medications will not help.... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Possibly: Younger/ healthier patients are able to do almost everything after an amputation, including running. The higher the level of the amputation, the more... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Soon: If you have a large aneurysm in the popliteal artery, it is at risk for thrombosing (clogging off) or embolizing (tossing debris), and puts you at ris... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Maybe: Depending on whether the factors that led to the gangrene are well controlled may determine whether you have more progression of disease, and eventual... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Easily: There are many risk factors for developing blood clots. Surgery itself is a risk factor, as is the decreased activity frequently seen after operation... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Ultrasound: If you are having pain or swelling in your leg, you should contact your primary physician to have an ultrasound, or duplex of the veins in your legs. ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Inflammation: Arteritis is an inflammatory process in an artery. There are many different types , and outcomes vary. You should see a vascular specialist. Typical... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Yes it will: This requires care by a vascular specialist or a wound clinic. He will need compression dressings, and compression socks longterm to prevent recurrenc... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Surgery or angiogram: Most often this is done with a relatively small cut over ther involved artery and embolectomy, similar to rotorooter for plumbing. Sometimes this is t... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Possibly: If your blocked arteries are only mild, they can be managed medically if your physician is comfortable with this. This does depend on which arteries ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Abnormal connection: This is an abnormal connection within the skull between the internal carotid artery, a branch supplying the brain, and the surrounding veins. It can ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Vascular evaluation: Claudication is a sign of decreased blood flow to a leg. It does not put her at immediate risk of losing her leg, but should be assessed by a vascula... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Abnormal swelling: There are 2 basic types of femoral aneurysms- pseudoaneurysms- frequently caused by angiograms, and true aneurysms. Pseudoaneurysm treatment depends ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: It is extremely unusual for children to develop dvt. Your child should be evaluated for hypercoagulable states (tendency to clot). A hematologist/on... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
See vascular surgeon: Pad with pain in the thigh and buttocks frequently requires some intervention. Medications can be helpful, as can quitting smoking and exercise. A v... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Depends: There are many causes for leg ulcers, and depending on the cause, ther treatment will be different. You should be seen by a vascular surgeon our a ro... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
That depends: There are several medications that are helpful for a variety of reasons. Cilostazol can help but has potential issues or patients who should not use t... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Inflammatory process: This is an autoimmune process which can cause lack of blood flow, with risk of blindness and other complications if not treated. Treatment is with m... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Usually no symptoms: Most aneurysms do not give any symptoms until they rupture. A 10cm aneurysm has been present for many years. The normal aorta is about 2 cm, and ane... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: Unless you are found to have significant decrease in blood flow by ultrasound, or if you have an ulcer or wound, an invasive test is not necessary. D... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: There are controllable, and uncontrollable factors. The things that you can control are not smoking, watching cholesterol, controlling blood pressure... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
No: Vascular diseases are multifactorial. However, not controlling your medical conditions, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Varies: Risk also depends on whether the repair is open or endovascular.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Maybe: Raynauds itself should not cause longterm problems, but associated diseases may. Avoid cold, emotional stress, and caffeine. If symptoms are severe, ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: A swollen leg can occur for many reasons, but a blood clot is one. If you have a blood clot, it needs to be treated. Your leg could be swollen from ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: If you mean pad, walking is one of the mainstays of medical management. You should walk a minimum of 3 times per week (more is better) for at least 3... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Usually blood thinne: If the clot only involves superficial veins, it can be tested with warm soaks and NSAID (motrin family). For deep vein clots blood thinners are the be... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Harris is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Harris is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you so much Dr. What can we do as a remedy to ease the pain?
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