At Premier Vascular Center of Maryland, we provide personalized, comprehensive vascular services. We have served the Baltimore area for more than 35 years, delivering the highest levels of care to help patients improve and maintain their health. We are here to help you with all your medical needs at any life stage in a welcoming, relaxing environment.
Dr. Mouhamad Annous is a vascular surgery specialist. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery as well as the Maryland Board of Physicians and has over 40 years of experience in vascular surgery.
Our Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist is certified by the National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists. The CRNA will ensure to keep you comfortable during all phases of your procedure.
Our board-certified nurses work closely with our physician to provide informed, consistent, safe patient care at all times. All of our nurses are certified through the Maryland Board of Nursing.
At Premier Vascular Center of Maryland, we ensure to form strong relationships with each of our patients, as well as their families and caregivers. Our goal is to understand your needs beyond your medical chart to deliver the best, most comprehensive care possible. During every interaction with our team, you can expect attentive service and medical expertise conveyed in clear, concise terms. We believe in educating our patients as we work with them to help them achieve their optimal health.
At Premier Vascular Center of Maryland, we strive to deliver superior outpatient services by implementing our core values:
- Patient-centered care: We put patients and their families first.
- Respect: We treat everyone with the utmost professionalism and respect.
- Excellence: We provide outstanding quality care.
- Mindfulness: We take a nonjudgmental approach to individualized treatment.
- Integrity: We build trust through honest communication and conduct ourselves according to the highest ethical standards.
- Empathy: We provide dignified, compassionate care.
- Reliability: We deliver dependable, consistent services..
Our expert, certified vascular surgeon performs minimally invasive outpatient procedures to deliver effective treatment with quick recovery times. Our vascular surgery procedures include:
- Hemodialysis catheter insertion, exchange, and removal
- Arteriovenous (AV) fistula creation
- Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placement
- Abdominal endograft
- Arterial bypass insertion
- Carotid endarterectomy
We have a fully accredited Vascular Laboratory. Our vascular Laboratory has maintained full accreditation through the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (ICAVL) All vascular
We use advanced imaging technology, including ultrasounds and X-rays, to determine what’s causing your vascular problem. We look for blockages, stenosis (narrowing), and aneurysms (bulging) in veins and arteries. You’ll get the results of these exams on the same day that you come in for testing, and you’ll have the opportunity to meet with the vascular provider to discuss these results. Our vascular testing services include:
- Arterial doppler
- Exercise arterial doppler
- Arterial duplex
- Ankle brachial index (ABI)
- Hemodialysis access duplex
- Venous duplex
- Carotid duplex
- Aortic duplex
- Superior mesenteric duplex
- Venous mapping
Vascular Wound Care
If you have an ulceration, sore, or a cut that just is not healing, you can come to us for chronic wound care at our dedicated Wound Healing Center. In addition to Dr. Mouhamad Annous evaluating and performing any interventions needed, we also staff dedicated Wound Healing Nurses. We heal wounds with excision and debridement procedures. We also perform skin grafting to cover damaged or lost skin.
The types of chronic wounds we treat include:
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Varicose veins
Why Choose Premier Vascular Center of Maryland?
Premier Vascular Center of Maryland is a leader in vascular services. You’ll benefit from our attentive care and vascular expertise. There are several factors that make us different from other vascular facilities in the area, including:
Dedicated Vascular Surgeon
You’ll work with the same surgeon throughout your entire treatment process. Some facilities use multiple surgeons to treat the same patient, which can be a challenge when it comes to communication and continuity of care.
At Premier Vascular Center of Maryland, we streamline the process by having the same physician meet with you for your initial consultation/examination, explain your test results, perform your procedure, and follow-up with you postoperatively. Your physician will understand the complete picture of your needs and deliver the most comprehensive treatment.
On-Site Anesthesia Provider
Our on-site anesthesia provider (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) handles all monitoring and pain control before, during, and after your surgery. Many other vascular offices depend on nurses, who don’t always have the same level of expertise as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist .
Our on-site anesthesia provider (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) has many years of experience administering anesthesia for vascular procedures. You’ll meet with him before your surgery so he can explain his role in the procedure, answer any of your questions and obtain your consent.
At Premier Vascular Center of Maryland, we offer same-day testing to expedite results and treatment. Most facilities will have you come in on separate days for your initial consultation, testing, and results. We eliminate the wait time by providing all of those services on the same day.
If follow-up intervention is needed, we’ll schedule your procedure right away. Depending on your specific needs, you can expect to undergo surgery within one day to a week from your initial testing. At other facilities, the wait time for vascular surgery can be anywhere from two weeks to two months.
Excellent Patient Care
Our team is dedicated to ensuring you receive the highest levels of care. We provide individualized treatment to address your specific needs, and we work with you closely to ensure all of those needs are met. We also maintain efficient procedures to minimize patient wait times and get you the treatment you need as soon as possible.
We get to know our patients, and many of them continually come to us for all their vascular care needs. Thanks to our high patient care standards, we’ve earned a reputation as trusted vascular specialists in Maryland.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is a Doppler?
A unique ultrasound technique, a Doppler bounces high-frequency sound waves off circulating red blood cells to estimate blood flow through a blood vessel. The ultrasound machine measures the echoes that bounce back from the red blood cells. Cells that are moving away from the sound waves make different echoes than cells that are moving towards the sound waves. This is called the Doppler effect, named after the scientist who discovered it. The “Doppler” part of this examination refers to the sound waves that are created during the test.
Doppler ultrasound can check for diseases or conditions that may affect the amount, speed, and direction of blood flow in different parts of your body. It can help find narrowed arteries, blood clots, and other conditions.
This noninvasive test may help identify:
- Blood clots.
- Arterial occlusion.
- Peripheral artery disease.
- The narrowing of a blood vessel.
- Poorly functioning valves in your leg veins.
A complete Doppler examination takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour to perform. A specially-trained sonographer will carry out the procedure before a vascular physician reviews it.
What Is Duplex Ultrasound?
Duplex ultrasound is a noninvasive test that evaluates the flow of blood through your veins and arteries. Duplex ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to generate images of blood flow within the arteries and veins. The results from this test help your vascular surgeon outline a treatment plan and make a sound diagnosis.
Types of Duplex Ultrasound
The types of duplex ultrasound exams vary and can include:
- An arterial duplex ultrasound of the extremities that looks at the arteries within the legs or arms.
- A hemodialysis access duplex evaluates the blood flow within the fistula or graft.
- A carotid duplex displays how well blood flows through the carotid arteries.
- A venous duplex of the lower extremities that looks at the veins within the legs or arms.
- A renal duplex examines the kidneys and their blood vessels.
- An arterial and venous duplex of the abdomen, which looks at blood flow in the central arteries or veins.
What to Expect
An ultrasound probe (also called a transducer) is moved gently over the area being tested. You may feel some pressure at times, but should not experience any pain. This wand sends out the ultrasound waves. A computer measures how the sound waves reflect back, and changes the sound waves into pictures. You may hear a “swishing” sound, which is the sound of your blood moving through the arteries and veins.
You need to stay still during the exam. You may be asked to lie in different body positions, or to take a deep breath and hold it.
Sometimes during the lower extremity arterial duplex, the technologist may calculate an ankle-brachial index (ABI). You will need to wear blood pressure cuffs on your arms and legs for this test.
Schedule an Appointment With a Top Vascular Surgeon in Baltimore, Maryland
If you’re looking for vascular surgery provider in the Baltimore area, Premier Vascular Center of Maryland should be your top choice. We provide comprehensive testing, surgical, and wound care services to treat a range of vascular issues.
Get in touch with us today to find out more about our services. You can also call us at (410) 323-9214 to schedule an appointment. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will get you in as soon as possible and be happy to answer all your questions.