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Treating Vascular Disease

The University of Chicago Medicine offers access to nationally recognized vascular specialists trained in the medical, endovascular and surgical treatment of the vascular and aortic diseases. Each patient's treatment plan will be based on a comprehensive evaluation, which examines:

  • Overall health
  • Extent of the disease
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Tolerance for medications, procedures and/or therapies

Our highly skilled multidisciplinary team analyzes each case individually to design a tailored treatment strategy that will cater to our patient's distinct needs.

Medical Treatment

  • Lifestyle changes can reduce your risk of advancing vascular disease. Engaging in lifestyle risk reduction, such as smoking cessation, healthy eating habits, regular exercise, blood pressure management and weight control, can lower your changes for an initial or reoccurring vascular event.
  • Medications are another option for managing vascular conditions, or the underlying causes of vascular conditions. Medications can be used to treat conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes to reduce the risk of inducing vascular disease, including:
    • Lipid lowering medication (statins)
    • Blood pressure medication
    • Anti-platelet medication (Aspirin and/or Plavix)
  • Observation, such as routine ultrasound, CT and MRI are used to monitor the size and growth of aneurysms.

Surgical Treatment

Patients suffering from vascular disease may require surgery to remove plaque build-up, repair an aneurysm or bypass blocked arteries. University of Chicago Medicine vascular surgeons are leaders in surgical treatment for vascular disease. Our physicians have pioneered multiple vascular procedures, and train other surgeons around the world on new surgical techniques.

Some of the endovascular and surgical procedures available at the University of Chicago Medicine include:

Angioplasty, stents and atherectomy: Catheter-based techniques used to open plaque-filled vessels. Our specialists often perform complex procedures on high-risk patients with severe blockages. 

Bypass Surgery: A surgical procedure that redirects blood flow when an area of the body is experiencing insufficient blood flow due to a blockage or aneurysm. This is commonly done in the heart, coronary bypass, but is also performed in extremities (arms and legs).

Carotid Stenting: A treatment option in which a stent is inserted into the carotid artery to expand the walls of the artery and increase blood flow.

Embolectomy: This procedure is performed to remove a blood clot. We offer both open surgery and minimally invasive embolectomy procedures.

Endarterectomy: The surgical removal of plaque build-up in the arties.

Endovascular aneurysm repair: A minimally invasive technique used to correct thoracic and abdominal aneurysms.

Hybrid aneurysm repair: The combination of endovascular stenting with open repair surgery for a procedure that provides the benefits of both.

Laparoscopic MALS procedure: A minimally invasive procedure used to release the median acruate ligament and restore normal blood flow.

Open aneurysm repair: This is the standard approach to repairing abdominal and thoracic aneurysms.

Vein ablation: Minimally invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency to close veins. This procedure offers a fast return to normal activities and can be used for varicose veins, venous insufficiency and venous ulcers.


Hybrid Operating Room

The Hybrid Operating Room and the University of Chicago Medicine combines surgical and interventional therapies to allow our heart and vascular team to work together to perform innovative and beneficial procedures.