Why Choose Us for Vascular Surgery?
Minimally Invasive Approaches
Whenever appropriate, our surgeons choose alternatives to highly invasive surgery, often using a catheter or even medications to clear blockages. Minimally invasive procedures offer:
- Shorter hospital stays
- Faster recovery
- Less pain
- Less scarring
- Less injury to tissue
State-of-the-Art Diagnostic Tools
We use advanced diagnostic tools to quickly and effectively evaluate our patients. Our state-of-the-art vascular laboratory was among the first group of vascular laboratories in the nation awarded accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories.
Setting the Standard for Excellence
Our experts have made many important discoveries with regards to atherosclerosis and other disorders that affect the arteries and veins--and we can offer patients the newest treatments:
- We often participate in clinical trials of new treatments. For instance, the University of Chicago Medicine was a contributing medical center in each of the nationally sponsored trials of carotid endarterectomy--which has since become standard treatment for carotid atherosclerosis.
- Our surgeons are instrumental in developing and using non-operative and operative techniques for vascular reconstruction.
- We have a history of pioneering efforts in vascular surgery. Our physicians are funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association to develop new knowledge about the origin and treatment of vascular disease.
Close Collaboration with Other Specialists
To provide the most effective care for each patient, our vascular surgeons work with a multi-disciplinary team of specialists, including cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, thoracic surgeons, neurosurgeons, neurologists, and critical care specialists. The group meets frequently to share its expertise in determining the best treatment for each patient.
Because any surgery has inherent risks, we continually strive to make operations safer. Our surgeons were among the first to use EEG monitoring in the operating room to observe the patient's brain function throughout surgery.
Leaders In the Surgical Field
University of Chicago vascular surgeons speak at many national and international conferences, and train other surgeons around the world on new surgical techniques. In addition, one of the most popular atlases of vascular surgery was written entirely by University of Chicago staff.
Continuity of Care
Our vascular surgeons are the patient's primary contact while they are at the University of Chicago, and are readily accessible to each patient and his or her family, whether they need more information or want reassurance. Together, the patient, family, and vascular surgeon explore all treatment options available and determine the best treatment for a patient's condition and lifestyle. Each patient's primary care physician is also kept fully informed of the patient's progress so that he or she can participate in treatment decisions and help the patient with recovery and rehabilitation. Long after a patient's procedures are finished, their University of Chicago vascular surgeon will continue to care for that patient in conjunction with the patient's primary care physician. With the primary care physician, they will help the patient manage his or her health and lifestyle to ensure a speedy recovery and a healthy future.
University of Chicago vascular surgeons see patients at the University of Chicago Medicine main campus (near the Museum of Science and Industry) and at Weiss Memorial Hospital, on the North Side.