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Vascular Treatments

surgery team at Banner Health to help with your heart vascular problems  

Banner Health vascular specialists offers our patients effective treatment for any type of vascular disease.

In addition to medication and lifestyle support, we offer a complete range of treatment options for our vascular patients: standard open surgery, minimally invasive surgeries, endovascular therapies and robotic-assisted surgeries.

Our treatments cover a wide range of vascular diseases and conditions including:


Aneurysms:  A balloon-like bulge in an artery that can be fatal. Most aneurysms occur in the aorta, the main artery that carries blood from the heart to the body. There are thoracic aortic aneurysms and abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Treatments

  • Embolization: Minimally invasive treatment that places medications through a catheter into a blood vessel to prevent blood flow to the area.
  • Open surgical repair - The vascular surgeon makes an incision to access the aneurysm and then a graft (a manmade, synthetic material) is sewn into place to replace the weakened segment of the artery to keep it from rupturing.  
  • Endovascular endograft (stent graft) repair - Less invasive than an open surgical repair

Aortic surgery: The aorta is the largest artery in the body and when it is damaged, the amount of blood flow is reduced. The damage could be caused by atherosclerosis, congenital disease or trauma.

Surgical treatments:

  • Aortic dissection repair - Performed when there is tear in the wall of the aorta, typically in an emergency situation. The surgeon repairs the torn portion to stop the bleeding and may use grafts and/or replace the aortic valve.
  • Minimally invasive valve surgery - The surgeon makes a two-inch to three-inch long incision in the patient’s chest to reach the damaged valve and then repairs the valve or replaces it with a new one using endoscopic techniques.
  • Open aortic valve surgery - Typically done with an open-heart surgery. The surgeon makes a large incision in the breastbone to reach the patient’s heart. Usually the patient is put on the heart-lung bypass machine while the surgeon either repairs the valve or replaces it with a new one.

Carotid artery disease: When plaque builds up in your carotid arteries that supply blood to your brain. Build up can cause clots, which can lead to a stroke.

Surgical treatments:

  • Carotid stenting: Doctors place a stent, a small mesh support tube, at the site of the blockage in the carotid artery. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia. The stent is inserted via a small incision in the femoral artery in the groin and threaded through the blood vessels to the area of blockage. Once the catheter reaches the blockage, surgeons expand the stent by inflating a balloon. 
  • Carotid endarterectomy: Surgeons make an incision into the blocked section of the artery, and remove the plaque deposit. Performed under general anesthesia


Deep vein thrombosisCauses inflammation in the deep veins as well as blood clots. Usually occurs in the legs.

Treatments:

  • Thrombectomy - Surgeons remove any clots by placing a catheter (long, narrow tube) into a vein that allows access to the blood clot. Once the clot is seen, the surgeon will either remove it or inject medications to dissolve it (thrombolysis).  
  • Inferior vena cava filter- if a patient can't take blood thinners, surgeons may place an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter to catch a clot, preventing a possible pulmonary embolism  from occurring.


Peripheral artery disease/ Peripheral vascular disease: Plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to your head, organs, and limbs. Also known as peripheral vascular disease

Treatments:

  • Bypass Grafting: Your surgeon uses a blood vessel from another part of your body or a man-made tube to make a graft that creates a bypass around the blocked part of the artery.
  • Angioplasty: A catheter (thin tube) with a balloon at the tip is inserted into a blocked artery. The balloon is then inflated, which pushes plaque outward against the artery wall. This widens the artery and restores blood flow. Considered minimally invasive.
  • Stenting: A stent (a small mesh tube) may be placed in the artery during angioplasty. A stent helps keep the artery open after angioplasty is done. Some stents are coated with medicine to help prevent blockages in the artery. Considered minimally invasive
  • Atherectomy: A catheter is used to insert a small cutting device into the blocked artery. The device is used to shave or cut off plaque. Doctors also can do atherectomy using a special laser that dissolves the blockage.

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