General & Vascular Surgery
Q. What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery for lower limb conditions?
A. The evolution of endovascular procedures using minimally invasive surgery techniques, including balloon angioplasty, stenting and arthrectomy of the lower legs, has made it possible for patients to enjoy full and productive lives again. In my practice, I have seen many patients who could barely walk because of poor circulation in their legs. Daily activities, like walking on the beach or shopping at the supermarket, were no longer possible because of excruciating leg pain caused by poor circulation in the legs. If left untreated, these patients would face a continuance of severe pain, immobility, non-healing wounds and eventually limb amputation.
Now, with the advancements of stenting and arthrectomy of the lower legs, we can help restore blood flow, thereby saving a patient’s limb from amputation. Plus, with the use of twilight anesthesia, the technology has made it possible for most patients to leave the hospital within a day after the procedure.
Q. How can patients benefit from a multidisciplinary team approach when it comes to their care and the treatment of vascular disease?
A. Whether a patient is currently having problems with wounds on their legs or feet or is looking for ways to prevent future problems, every patient is unique. Our team is comprised of interventional radiologists and general/vascular surgeons who work as a team to evaluate each patient and create a treatment plan that is tailored to the patient’s specific needs. This team approach ensures the best outcomes. The exciting news is that – together -- we will guide patients through this limb-saving journey.
Dr. George Mueller is recognized as one of South Florida’s most renowned surgeons in general and vascular surgery, specializing in endovascular, vascular and general surgery. As a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Mueller has helped thousands of patients over his career by performing innovative and complex general and vascular procedures to repair abdominal aortic aneurysms, restore blocked carotid arteries and treat varicose veins, using radiofrequency ablations and injection therapy. In addition, he has extensive experience in performing open and laparoscopic abdominal procedures including gastrectomy, colon resection, cholecystectomy, appendectomy, hernia repairs and whipple resection. As a lead surgeon on the Medical Staff of Bethesda Hospital and Bethesda Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Mueller has special expertise in caring for patients with esophagus, colon and pancreatic cancers.
Bethesda Health Physician Group
General Vascular Surgeons
2800 S. Seacrest Blvd., Ste. 200
Boynton Beach, FL 33435