Vascular Surgery

At GRMC, we offer a full spectrum of cardiac care, including vascular surgery. Our highly qualified vascular surgeon has years of experience and are trained in treating conditions that affect the arteries, blood vessels, veins, as well as the lymphatic system.

 Vascular disease includes a long list of conditions, some of which can become life threatening:

  • Acute venous thrombosis
  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Critical limb ischemia
  • Diabetes vascular disease and limb salvage
  • Diseases of the aorta
  • Dialysis graft and fistula management
  • Non-healing wounds caused by vascular disease
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Varicose veins
  • Vascular malformations
  • Visceral artery disease

Who is at risk for vascular problems?

Vascular disease is more common with age, however people with a family history of vascular and heart disease are at higher risk, as well as women who are pregnant, or anyone who has a cardiac-related condition such as high cholesterol or hypertension.

An unhealthy lifestyle can also lead to vascular problems, which is more common in people who smoke, are obese or sedentary, or those who routinely stand still or sit for long periods of time.

Common vascular surgery procedures include:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm: An aneurysm is a weak bulging area that develops in the wall of the aorta. This procedures requires the weakened area to be replaced with a stent or graft
  • Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): Plaque builds up in the arteries, causing them to become narrow or blocked. Using an x-ray, the physician finds the blockage and opens it back up, either with a stent or scraping out the plaque. Balloon angioplasty may also be used to help open the vessel.
  • Varicose Veins: These veins develop when damage to the valves in the veins cause blood to collect in them, affecting blood flow to the body. There are two types of procedures to remove these veins. The first is vein-stripping which removes the entire vein, the other is a phlebectomy which uses tiny incisions along the length of the vein and pulling it out in pieces.

For some conditions, alternatives to surgeries are making treatment easier. But since every patient is different, it’s important to talk to a vascular surgeon about the best care for your condition.

Common Vascular Surgeries at GRMC:

  • Leg pain and swelling/lymphedema
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Renal artery disease and kidney failure
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Blood clots and pulmonary embolisms
  • Aortic aneurysms
  • Strokes and carotid artery disease
  • Diabetic ulcers and venous leg wounds
  • Complex vascular problems that have failed prior treatment attempts