Vascular surgery is a specialty of surgery in which diseases of the vascular system i.e. arteries, veins and lymphatic system are managed by medical therapy, minimally-invasive catheter procedures and surgical reconstruction.
A large proportion of people with decade-long diabetes develop vascular problems. In a country where more than sixty nine million people are estimated to have diabetes, the number of people estimated to have vascular problems is large.
Our vascular surgeons specialise in the evaluation and management of conditions affecting blood vessels - arteries and veins. Our medical management options include endovascular techniques as well as conventional classical vascular surgery.
Our Vascular Surgery faculty has been recognized for
- First endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair in the South Texas Area
- First comprehensive carotid artery stenting program * Placement of the first Zenith AAA stent in the State of Texas
- First thoracic aortic endograft surgery performed in San Antonio and South Texas
- Placement of first CardioMEMS AAA pressure sensor in South Texas
Meet our team of Vascular Surgery:
We offer a range of treatments and procedureswhich are listed below:
- Carotid artery stenosis: endovascular stents as well as open endarterectomy surgery
- Aortic aneurysm: both open as well as stent graft treatment
- Thoracic and thoracoabdominal aneurysm: both open as well as stent graft repair
- Complex aortic pathology: embolising lesions, penetrating ulcers, occlusion and aortic dissection
- Vascular access for hemodialysis
- Traumatic injuries to the arteries and veins
- Renal artery stenosis: stenting and open bypass surgery
- Peripheral arterial disease causing leg pain (claudication) or ulcers/ gangrene. Treatment options include angioplasty, atharectomy, laser treatment and stents, as well as bypass surgery
- Venous ulcers on the legs
- Varicose veins: laser treatment, sclerotherapy, spider vein injections, as well as vein stripping/phlebectomies
- Other vascular problems: mesenteric artery (intestine arteries) blockages, central vein reconstruction, brachiocephalic artery disease and lymphedema (swollen legs)
Open AAA procedure
Our Vascular division faculty members have extensive experience in the management of complicated, as well as straight forward vascular problems. We have expertise with all FDA-approved devices for thoracic and abdominal endografting as well as peripheral and carotid interventions.
Our faculty has expertise and experience in the complete array of techniques for revascularization of the lower extremities including:
- Laser atherectomy
- Plaque excision with "Silverhawk" and others
- Mechanical thombectomy
These procedures are minimally invasive approaches for limb salvage. Research and publication of these procedures can be found in the Vascular Surgery Division bio-sketches of each individual faculty member.