Vascular conditions—that is, conditions related to the veins and arteries—run the gamut from small spider veins to life-threatening aneurysms and arterial disease.
Whatever vascular challenge you’re facing, WellSpan’s vascular and endovascular surgery team is dedicated to returning you to good health as soon as possible., Our highly qualified, board-certified physicians are at the top of their field, ensuring you get outstanding care that’s backed by the latest research. Coupled with our providers’ expertise, the advanced medical technologies we use give you the broadest range of treatment options, from minimally invasive catheter based techniques to open surgery when indicated.
As a vascular patient at WellSpan, your goals are our goals. Once we know what you want to accomplish, we’ll create a treatment plan designed to put those outcomes within reach.
It won’t just be your doctor working for you. Instead, we support your recovery by leveraging our vast network, including other vascular physicians within WellSpan and beyond, providers in related fields, community organizations and even your family, friends and co-workers.
The vascular surgeons at WellSpan treat a broad range of conditions, including:
How We Can Help
With deep experience and the latest medical technologies, WellSpan’s vascular and endovascular surgeons provide exceptional care. Our treatment areas include:
The carotid artery plays a vital role in transporting blood from the heart through the neck to the brain. If plaque builds up in the artery—a condition known as carotid artery disease—it can reduce or block the flow, raising the risk of stroke. It is one of the more common causes of strokes and mini-strokes.
In addition to recommending medical treatment, WellSpan vascular specialists treat carotid disease using either endarterectomy or minimally invasive stenting when necessary. Endarterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes plaque in the carotid artery. A stent pushes plaque to the walls of the artery to help restore blood flow.
Minimally Invasive Aortic Aneurysm Repair
Minimally invasive endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR and EVAR) is an alternative to open aneurysm surgery, which was the traditional procedure for aneurysm repairs, and which is still required in some cases. In the TEVAR and EVAR procedures, your WellSpan physician will insert wires and catheters through a small incision in the groin.
This can also be done totally percutaneously (pTEVAR and pEVAR), that is with needle sticks rather than incisions. A covered stent will then be passed up through the artery and laid across the aneurysm to prevent it from growing or rupturing. Your Wellspan vascular surgeon will help you choose between open and minimally invasive repair for your aortic aneurysm.
Varicose and Spider Vein Treatments
Your veins contain valves designed to keep the blood flowing toward the heart. When these valves weaken or fail, you may experience varicose veins, especially in the legs. One treatment option is endovenous ablation therapy. Your WellSpan physician will insert a catheter into the vein and use heat to destroy the varicose vein.
WellSpan also offers a range of treatment options to remove or diminish unsightly varicose and spider veins. Your WellSpan vascular surgeon will discuss which options are right for you, based on your age, health condition and personal goals. Many patients for these treatments go home the same day as their procedure.
Dialysis Access Fistulas, Grafts and Catheter Placement
People who receive Hemodialysis need a reliable point of access to their bloodstream—called vascular access—so that blood can be cleaned and returned to their body at a high volume and speed. This is done through either an Arteriovenous fistula, a surgically created direct connection between the artery and superficial veins in your arms, or an arteriovenous graft where a plastic tube placed under the skin is used to connect the artery to vein. Your WellSpan physician can explain which one best supports your medical condition.
Endovascular interventions allow doctors to treat vascular conditions throughout the body by means of the major blood vessels. For example, a balloon, a stent or a coil can be inserted with a catheter to widen an artery blocked by atherosclerosis and restore blood flow. Because these procedures are minimally invasive, there’s less scarring and recovery times can be faster.
Open Bypass Surgery and Endovascular Interventions for PAD and Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Treatment of PAD, claudication and diabetic foot ulcers includes medical and exercise therapy and proper wound care for ulcers. When the circulation to your legs is severely compromised, your WellSpan vascular specialist can treat your blockage with either open bypass surgery, endovascular interventions or a combination of both.
Open bypass surgery involves using your own veins or a plastic tube to bypass areas of blockage in your leg arteries.
Endovascular interventions allow doctors to treat vascular conditions by means of a balloon, a stent or an atherectomy device, which can be inserted with a catheter to widen an artery blocked by atherosclerosis and restore blood flow.
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