Vascular Surgery

Vascular disease includes any condition that affects your circulatory system. Vascular disease ranges from diseases of your arteries, veins and lymph vessels to blood disorders that affect circulation. Our board-certified vascular surgeons are committed to improving vascular health, including performing the latest in advanced vascular surgical procedures:

  • EVAR (endovascular aneurysm repair)
  • HeRO® (Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow) Graft
  • Microvascular foot repair

Our vascular surgeons also work closely with our endocrinologists, wound care specialists, orthopedists and rehabilitation services, ensuring you receive a full continuum of pre- and postoperative care.

EVAR is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgery for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). EVAR procedure results include reduced recovery times and potentially improved survival rates. The AAA stent graft is inserted into the aneurysm through small incisions in the groin and without surgically opening or removing part of the aorta, thereby offering an alternative treatment choice to open surgery.

For more information about the EVAR procedure, visit medtronic.com.

HeRO Graft is a hemodialysis access graft for patients who are catheter-dependent or approaching catheter dependency due to the blockage of veins leading to the heart. HeRO Graft bypasses the blockage in veins and is made of 2 pieces:

  • A reinforced tube that bypasses blockage in veins
  • A dialysis graft that is sewn to an artery and accessed

The HeRO Graft is designed to reduce the dependency on a tradtional catheter. Compared to catheters, the HeRO Graft has:

  • 69% fewer infections1*
  • No uncomfortable tubes outside the body
  • Improved dialysis clearance of toxins and fluids1*
  • Less than half the interventions to keep access functioning1*

To learn more, visit www.herograft.com.

Microvascular foot repair is a surgical technique for joining or repairing the damaged blood vessels and nerves in the foot.

Surgery utilizes specialized instruments, needles and sutures to repair the blood vessels that are not visible to the human eye. Magnification of 5X to 40X is required for microsurgical procedures.

In addition to blood vessel repair, microvascular surgical techniques may also include the following:

  • Vein grafting is a medical procedure used to increase the blood flow to the heart and other tissues. The vein graft allows blood to flow through the newer vein, so blood can be distributed throughout the body.
  • Nerve repair and grafting are similar procedures to vein grafting. Nerve grafts are portions of a sensory nerve that are harvested from another part of the body to be used as graft material. Once the graft is in place, the regenerating nerve fibers grow from the proximal nerve stump, through the graft into the target muscles. Thus, patients may recover function in muscles following graft repair of nerve injuries.
  • Free tissue transfer involves transferring healthy tissue to another part of the body for soft tissue coverage. The artery and veins from the transferred tissue are reconnected to the recipient-site blood vessels to restore circulation.
  • Free-bone transfer is the same process of free-tissue transfer, but in this technique the bone with its blood vessels is removed from one area (usually the fibula) and transferred to restore a bony defect.

HeRO Graft is a registered trademark of CryoLife, Inc.
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