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Dr. Randy Shafritz, MD

Vascular Surgeon

Dr. Randy Shafritz MD is a top Vascular Surgeon in New Brunswick, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Randy Shafritz MD is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Randy Shafritz MD is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Randy Shafritz MD is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In New Brunswick, NJ, Dr. Randy Shafritz MD is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
29 years Experience
Dr. Randy Shafritz, MD
  • New Brunswick, NJ
  • Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa
  • Accepting new patients

What are the risks involved in a vascular surgery?

The risks of various vascular procedures are inherent to the the procedure. General risks of general anesthesia in this population of patients include heart attack, stroke, and READ MORE
The risks of various vascular procedures are inherent to the the procedure. General risks of general anesthesia in this population of patients include heart attack, stroke, and pneumonia. Also, no one epuld advise a vascular surgical procedure due to nerve damage. I think you need a better explanation of the problem and the proposed solution.

Between Bypass surgery and angioplasty what is better?

That depends on his overall condition and life expectancy, and to some extent, his coronary anatomy. You need to discuss both with the cardiologist and the surgeon involved

When does an echo test and stress test show a heart problem?

These tests are pwrformed on people with stable angina to rule in or out major heart issues. These tests are not performed during times of pain. They are non invasive tests to READ MORE
These tests are pwrformed on people with stable angina to rule in or out major heart issues. These tests are not performed during times of pain. They are non invasive tests to better judge if there is any coronary artery disease, and how the heart looks overall. The definitive test is a cardiac cath, but if your cardiac enzymes were normal, and the non invasive tests are normal too, there is an extremely low likelihood that your chest pain is from yoyr heart Coronary spasm could occur and minic CAD, also severe acid reflux may mimic CAD and so can esophageal spasm.

I was diagnosed with Peripheral Artery Disease last week.Please advise.

You need to control all of the risk factors that cause hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis. If you smoke, you need to stop, control diabetes to A1c less than 7, take READ MORE
You need to control all of the risk factors that cause hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis. If you smoke, you need to stop, control diabetes to A1c less than 7, take a statin, baby asa, and an ace inhibitor for hypertension if you have that.

What is claudication?

It is a symptom of atherosclerosis in your legs.

Will vascular surgery affect my diabetes?

The surgery will temporarily cause issues with your blood sugars, but no, it will not change your diabetes.

Compression knee highs

Yes, they help. That's why we prescribe them.

Does vascular surgery have an effect on blood pressure?

Depending on what surgery you had, there can be temporary post op hypertension. Since thisvis persistant, you will need an evaluation as to the cause. You should see your primary READ MORE
Depending on what surgery you had, there can be temporary post op hypertension. Since thisvis persistant, you will need an evaluation as to the cause. You should see your primary care physician to discuss

Can PAD be treated with a surgery?

Peripheral arterial disease is caused by atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. It can occur in any blood vessel, and when it happens in the legs, it can produce pain in READ MORE
Peripheral arterial disease is caused by atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. It can occur in any blood vessel, and when it happens in the legs, it can produce pain in the legs with walking, and if severe, can lead to ulcers, wounds, or gangrene. The primary treatment is medical, to eliminate the things that cause the plaque to develop. However, if leg symptoms are severe, surgical procedures may be necessary to restore circulation to the extremity. Surgery is not curative, it just relieves the blockages. Peripheral arterial disease can be controlled, but never cured. And its not really reversable

How are blood clots in the veins diagnosed?

The simple answer is that blood clots can easily be diagnosed by an ultrasound if they are suspected in the arms or legs. The usual symptoms of a blood clot in the veins are pain READ MORE
The simple answer is that blood clots can easily be diagnosed by an ultrasound if they are suspected in the arms or legs. The usual symptoms of a blood clot in the veins are pain and swelling

I have been diagnosed with Raynaud's disease. Can it be treated with surgery?

No. Raynauds phenomenon is a vasospasm of small blood vessels in the hands and feet. It is brought on by stress, cold, or medications, or sometimes environmental factors. It is READ MORE
No. Raynauds phenomenon is a vasospasm of small blood vessels in the hands and feet. It is brought on by stress, cold, or medications, or sometimes environmental factors. It is not treated with surgery. Removing the stimulus is usually the treatment, and in rare severe cases, blood pressure medications may be used to break the spasm.

I have a blue patch on my palm. Is it an indication of a burst nerve?

This could be a ruptured vein in your hand, yes, but this is not something to guess about. I suggest that you see your physician as soon as possible, as this may warrant a closer READ MORE
This could be a ruptured vein in your hand, yes, but this is not something to guess about. I suggest that you see your physician as soon as possible, as this may warrant a closer look under a microscope to get a proper diagnosis

My family has a history of cardiac issues, and I'm worried. Is it likely that I will develop issues in the future?

Unfortunately a family history of heart disease Can not be ignored. Yes, no matter how healthy a lifestyle you live, your risk of heart disease is greater than the average person. READ MORE
Unfortunately a family history of heart disease Can not be ignored. Yes, no matter how healthy a lifestyle you live, your risk of heart disease is greater than the average person. It would be wise for you to have a cardiologist to monitor you, even if you have no symptoms

I am 7 months pregnant and suffering from varicose veins. Will this condition persist even after my delivery?

If this is your first pregnancy then yes, there is a good chance things will resolve after you deliver. If this is your second or later, less likely. If they do not resolve 3 months READ MORE
If this is your first pregnancy then yes, there is a good chance things will resolve after you deliver. If this is your second or later, less likely. If they do not resolve 3 months post partum, they will be permanent

What causes sudden varicose veins?

True varicose veins do not develop rapidly. They take months to develop or worsen. If you see veins progressing you should see a vein specialist for an opinion

Can a bypass surgery cause kidney problems?

Difficult to know if its chronic or if it was related to the work up for the surgery or the surgery itself. He needs to be followed closely by a nephrologist snd his medications READ MORE
Difficult to know if its chronic or if it was related to the work up for the surgery or the surgery itself. He needs to be followed closely by a nephrologist snd his medications may need to be adjusted

What could have triggered varicose veins during my pregnancy?

The baby. Your uterus is enlarged and is presding on the veins in your pelvis and obstructing blood flow. This causes varicose veins. Use stockings for relief. It should resolve READ MORE
The baby. Your uterus is enlarged and is presding on the veins in your pelvis and obstructing blood flow. This causes varicose veins. Use stockings for relief. It should resolve after you deliver

Do spider veins get worse?

No. Spider veins are in the skin. They can not become true varicose veins. Spider veins can be present without large varicose veins, but, they can be also be caused by underlying READ MORE
No. Spider veins are in the skin. They can not become true varicose veins. Spider veins can be present without large varicose veins, but, they can be also be caused by underlying varicose veins

Varicose veins wounds

Eat healthy, exercise, weight loss, compression stocking for leg discomfort or swelling

Is there a possibility of a patient suffering a heart attack during a vascular surgery?

Yes, even in the best hands, and under perfect conditions, the stress of a major surgery such as a vascular surgery procedure carries a risk of heart problems or a heart attack. READ MORE
Yes, even in the best hands, and under perfect conditions, the stress of a major surgery such as a vascular surgery procedure carries a risk of heart problems or a heart attack. We try to optimize patients prior to surgery to ensure their safety, but patients undergoing major vascular surgical procedures carry a small risk. The risk is increased if there is existing heart problems, or if there are intraoperative complications.