Vascular Surgery & Endovascular Therapy

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The University of Chicago Medicine is recognized as one of the most innovative vascular centers, offering minimally invasive and traditional surgical treatment options. As one of the top vascular surgery programs in the country, we provide state-of-the-art care for disorders of the arterial, venous, and lymphatic systems. Our highly trained surgeons are dedicated exclusively to the care of: the arteries, which carry blood from the heart to the brain, abdominal organs, arms, and legs; and the veins, which return the blood to the heart.

Only vascular surgeons are trained to perform both minimally invasive and traditional open procedures. Our experts will educate and guide you, helping you select the best possible treatment for your condition.

We specialize in the evaluation and medical management of:

  • Peripheral arterial disease: blockages of the arteries in the legs and abdomen
  • Aneurysms: expansion or bulging of the arteries
  • Carotid artery disease and stroke: blockages of the arteries to the brain
  • Venous disorders: bulging and painful veins

Our surgical specialties include traditional procedures and minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms: bulging of the major artery in the abdomen
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysms: bulging of the major artery in the chest
  • Aneurysms of the arms and legs
  • Iliac aneurysms: bulging of the iliac artery in the pelvis
  • Carotid artery disease: blockage of the arteries to the brain that can cause stroke
  • Renal artery stenosis: blockage of the arteries to the kidneys
  • Peripheral vascular disease: blockage of the arteries in the legs
  • Dialysis access for kidney failure
  • Varicose veins
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome

Minimally Invasive Approaches

Whenever appropriate, our surgeons choose endovascular techniques instead of traditional open surgery, using catheters, intravascular balloons, stents, coils and/or medication to provide therapeutic treatment through major blood vessels. Our team offers endovascular therapy for obstructive arterial lesions, aortic aneurysms, and carotid disease.

The benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Faster recovery
  • Less pain
  • Less scarring
  • Less injury to tissue

Leaders in Vascular Research

The University of Chicago Section of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy is nationally known for its contributions to the understanding of atherosclerosis and other conditions of the veins and arteries. Our surgeons are actively involved in the development of new minimally invasive and non-invasive surgical techniques. We also participate in several clinical trials investigating FDA approved and experimental devices.

Learn more about our research in the Section of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.