Erin Murphy, MD, and her husband, Gregory Stanley, MD, are vascular surgeons who recently joined Lawrence Hospital Center’s medical staff. The board certified doctors are the leaders of a full-service vascular practice in the hospital.
“We have our own vascular lab that allows us to perform diagnostic studies, get the results and share them with our patients the very same day. The quick turnaround is more efficient and helps to minimize any worry a patient might have since we can zero in on an issue pretty quickly,” says Dr. Stanley.
Drs. Murphy and Stanley provide the treatment and management of aortic, carotid, venous or peripheral artery disease using traditional surgical or minimally invasive techniques. Some of the more common problems they see include abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), carotid artery blockages, extensive deep vein thrombosis (DVT) (blood clots in the legs and arms) and chronic venous insufficiency. “A lot of what we do is preventive. For example, carotid artery surgery is done to prevent a future stroke,” says Dr. Murphy.
The husband and wife duo believes it is important for patients to know if they are at risk for these issues. “Unfortunately, we’ve seen people who were ticking time bombs. They didn’t have any symptoms until their conditions had worsened and were far more dangerous. If you think you may be at risk, it’s better to come in before an emergent situation develops,” says Dr. Stanley.
“In many cases, particularly when we are performing a minimally invasive endovascular procedure, patients can actually go home the same day they have surgery,” states Dr. Murphy.
The physicians say one of the most significant risk factors for someone who could develop vascular disease is smoking—especially if you’re a white male over 65. Other things to look for include: the signs and symptoms of a stroke, a history of stroke, leg cramping while walking and a history of aneurysms in the family.
Drs. Stanley and Murphy have also teamed up in the operating room. It’s the first time they have operated together since they were residents training in Texas. “When doing such complex and intricate surgeries, it’s reassuring to work alongside another surgeon you completely trust in the OR,” says Dr. Murphy. Dr. Stanley adds, “We both bring specialized training to Lawrence, and we’re committed to achieving excellent outcomes for our patients.”
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT! Consult with Dr. Murphy or Dr. Stanley at the Center for Advanced Surgery by calling 914-787-4000. The vascular program accepts most insurance plans.