Vascular disease causes hardening and narrowing of the arteries. Left untreated, it can lead to limb loss, stroke, or death. At Memorial University Medical Center, vascular surgery is performed in a state-of-the-art endovascular suite that features minimally invasive surgical options. We specialize in the following vascular procedures.
An aneurysm is a weakened part of a blood vessel that expands like a balloon. When an aneurysm forms in the main blood vessel in your stomach, it is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). A small aneurysm requires no treatment other than regular check-ups to make sure it doesn’t grow. If an aneurysm reaches a certain size, however, treatment is often necessary. An AAA can be repaired with an open surgical procedure or through a minimally invasive procedure that requires smaller incisions and often entails a shorter recovery time. Hear from an AAA survivor. Learn more about AAA.
The carotid arteries are located on both sides of the neck and supply blood flow to your brain. Carotid endarterectomy removes plaque and buildup from inside the carotid arteries. A surgeon opens either the left or right carotid artery, locates the plaque, and removes it. The artery is sewn shut and the blood flow is restored. As long as there are no complications, most people are able to leave the hospital after a 24-hour stay. Learn more about carotid endarterectomy.
This technology is used to treat
blood clots in the lung (pulmonary embolism). A pulmonary embolism lodged in
the lung affects heart function and can be extremely dangerous. The EKOS system
works well for patients whose embolism has not yet reached a critical stage,
but who still require immediate treatment. The physician guides a catheter into
the clot and dissolves it using drugs and high-frequency ultrasound.
Peripheral bypass surgery is used to restore blood flow to the legs. During the surgery, a graft is stitched into the artery above and below the blockage. The blocked area is usually not removed, just “bypassed.” After the graft is in place, the incisions are closed with stitches or staples. The severity of the incision depends on where the blockage is located. Learn more about peripheral bypass.Hear vascular surgeon Anthony Avino discussing peripheral artery disease.
Vein stripping is an outpatient procedure to treat varicose veins. It involves the removal of an entire vein in one piece. After the vein stripping surgery, the legs are bandaged and may remain swollen for six to eight weeks.
VNUS (pronounced venous) is an alternative to vein stripping that involves just three simple steps:
The benefits of VNUS include a short recovery period, an easy same-day procedure, relief of symptoms, and good cosmetic outcome with minimal or no scars. Learn more about general vein removal.
To learn more about our vascular surgery services, call 912-350-8346.