University of Chicago vascular surgeons provide:
- State-of-the-art diagnostic testing to locate the source of vascular problems
- A full array of surgical, non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments
- Continuing care in conjunction with the patient's primary care physician long after a patient's procedures are finished
- Access to nationally recognized vascular surgical specialists trained in the medical, interventional (endovascular), and surgical treatment of the full spectrum of peripheral vascular disease
Focused Care for Aortic Diseases
University of Chicago vascular surgeons are leaders in the treatment of diseases of the aorta, including thoraco-abdominal and abdominal aortic aneurysms, aortic dissection and aortoiliac disease. Together with University of Chicago specialists in cardiac surgery, cardiology, cardiovascular anesthesia, and vascular and interventional radiology, we have formed the University of Chicago Center for Aortic Diseases (UCCAD), a partnership of experts dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated care for people with aortic disease. This team approach allows us to provide the highest level of care, from diagnosis through treatment and follow-up care.
The University of Chicago is a high-volume aortic treatment center, so our specialists have the knowledge to determine the most effective method to treat aortic conditions. Our surgeons offer the full spectrum of treatment options, including advanced minimally invasive approaches (endovascular) that provide several benefits over open procedures, such as a faster recovery, less pain, minimal scarring and a shorter stay in the hospital.
University of Chicago vascular surgeons are experienced in treating patients considered high-risk, such as the elderly, those with co-existing diseases, and people requiring re-operation to repair previous procedures. Our team is also highly skilled in caring for patients with Marfan syndrome and other congenital conditions that require careful monitoring and treatment planning. We also offer specific treatment strategies for Jehovah's Witnesses to reduce the need for blood transfusions. »Learn more about the University of Chicago Center for Aortic Diseases
Evaluation Through Advanced Diagnosis
Our board-certified vascular surgeons evaluate each patient's condition using non-invasive, state-of-the art tests available in our vascular laboratory. Ultrasound procedures are the most frequently used non-invasive tests. These procedures are painless and risk-free, and most can be performed within an hour.
If necessary, other tests can be performed under the coordinated care of our surgeons. Computed tomography (CT) scanning is used frequently for aneurysms when ultrasound evaluations are difficult or inconclusive. Angiography may also be performed to further image diseases of the arteries and veins. These tests may require a short hospitalization, since they involve inserting a catheter into the artery or vein.
Advanced Care for Complex Vascular Disorders
Our vascular surgeons care for patients requiring complex reconstructions (mesenteric revascularization, thorocoabdominal aneurysm, renal artery stenosis) or repeat procedures (recurrent carotid stenosis and graft failure). Conditions such as thoracic outlet syndrome, requiring advanced knowledge of complicated vascular anatomy, are also treated through the vascular surgery section. Our surgeons utilize both minimally invasive options, such as angioplasty and stenting, and are also capable of performing complex open surgical reconstruction should this prove necessary.
The vascular surgeon is the patient's primary contact while in the University of Chicago, and is readily accessible to each patient and his or her family. Additionally, the vascular surgeon's commitment to outstanding care assures that long after a patient's procedures are finished, they will work with the patient's primary care physician to help the patient manage his or her health and lifestyle.