We have a highly skilled team who can provide a wide range of services from diagnosis to treatment.
Open vascular surgical repair is surgery of the vascular system (arteries, veins, and lymphatic circulation). It can repair problems in the vascular system caused by trauma, congenital heart defects, or damaging lifestyle choices, such as smoking.
This approach is often contrasted with endovascular revision. Whereas endovascular revision is performed inside the blood vessels using skinny tubes called catheters, open vascular surgery involves opening the body and blood vessels.
Because it is more invasive, open vascular surgical repair also requires full anesthesia. It is usually reserved for certain conditions, such as abdominal aortic aneurysms, thoracic aneurysms, and femoral and popliteal aneurysms. Endovascular revision usually only requires local anesthesia and is done on an outpatient basis.
Presbyterian Heart and Vascular Care has a skilled vascular care team who can provide a wide range of services from diagnosis to treatment. Their surgeons are trained in many different techniques and procedures, many of which can provide you with a shorter recovery period and less hospital time.
Vascular surgeons treat patients with complex and serious conditions of the blood vessels and lymphatic system. Tests that are used to diagnose vascular problems include:
Examples of conditions that are usually treated with open vascular surgery, not endovascular revision, include:
Before surgery, your doctor will perform a complete physical examination to make sure you don’t have any conditions that could interfere with the surgery or the outcomes. Routine tests, such as blood tests and X-rays, are usually performed a week before any major surgery.
How open vascular surgery is performed depends on the disease itself, the patient, and the urgency of your condition. Ask your doctor how the procedure will be done, so you are prepared.
You are ready to leave the hospital. Here are some guidelines suggested by your surgical team. These guidelines will provide answers to your questions and give you something to refer to at home.