Vascular Surgery

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    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.

    Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
    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.

    Carotid Endarterectomy
    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.

    Peripheral Bypass Surgery
    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.

    Vein Stripping
    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:

    1. A local or regional anesthesia is used to deaden the area with the bad vein and a catheter is inserted into the varicose vein.
    2. The catheter heats the vein.
    3. The catheter is slowly withdrawn, closing the vein. Once the diseased vein is closed, other healthy veins take over and empty the blood. After normal blood flow is re-established, symptoms improve noticeably.

    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.