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Vascular Surgery

Vascular disease encompasses any condition that affects the circulatory system, including the arteries, veins, and lymph vessels. Vascular diseases can range from a mostly cosmetic issue, as with varicose veins, to life-threatening conditions such as aortic aneurysm.

The treatment of vascular disease has evolved dramatically in recent years. In many cases, catheter-based procedures have replaced open surgery as the treatment of choice. Aortic aneurysms, carotid disease, venous disease, and varicose veins are just some of the conditions that can be treated minimally invasively, with just a needle puncture.

Vascular Diseases We Treat

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Aneurysms (abdominal, aortic)
  • Carotid artery disease (CAD)
  • Diabetes-related neuropathy
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and thrombophlebitis
  • Long-term access for hemodialysis
  • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
  • Peripheral vascular disease (PVD)
  • Renal and mesenteric artery occlusive disease
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Venous insufficiency and venous ulcers
  • Lower extremity arterial occlusive disease, including claudication or non-healing ulcer
  • Varicose veins
  • Wounds that don’t heal well

Treating Vascular Diseases

Treatment for vascular disease depends on the condition and its severity. In some cases, lifestyle changes, such as eating a heart-healthy diet and getting more exercise, can stabilize the condition. A variety of blood pressure drugs, blood thinners, statins, and clot-dissolving drugs may be prescribed. Non-surgical procedures, such as angioplasty, stenting, and vein ablation, can be very effective in many cases. However, there are still conditions in which open surgery remains the standard of care.

Vascular Surgery

Our vascular surgeons routinely perform most of the procedures described here:

Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Aortic aneurysm is a weak spot in the aorta that could be at risk of bulging and bursting. The type of repair will depend on the position and size of the aneurysm. Some aortic aneurysms can be treated minimally invasively using a catheter. When open surgery is necessary, our surgeons open the abdomen to expose the aorta and repair the aneurysm through the placement of a graft.

Treatment for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) can be treated using a variety of angioplasty techniques as well as bypass surgery.

Limb Salvage Treatment for Extremity Trauma & Gangrene

Limb salvage surgery is performed when patients are in danger of losing a limb. This is type of surgery is a collaborative effort between our vascular team and experts from specialties such as trauma, orthopedics, plastic surgery, wound care, infectious disease, and podiatry.

Varicose Vein Treatments

We offer procedures for the ablation of varicose veins. We also specialize in sclerotherapy treatment for spider veins.

Dialysis Access Surgery

Patients whose kidneys are failing need regular dialysis to live. Dialysis cleanses the blood of waste materials that are normally filtered out by the kidneys. Dialysis access surgery creates a permanent artificial opening in the body where a needle or abdominal catheter can be inserted during dialysis.

Carotid Endarterectomy

Plaque buildup in the carotid artery can restrict blood flow to the brain. Surgery to remove the plaque improves blood flow and reduces stroke risk.

In a carotid endarterectomy, the surgeon makes on incision in the front of the patient’s neck, opens the artery, and removes the plaque. The artery is then either stitched back together or repaired with a patch made from vein tissue or an artificial material.