Mercy Medical Center’s vascular surgery division is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with disorders of the arteries and veins in all parts of the body except the brain and the heart. Arterial disorders mainly fall into two categories: arteriosclerosis (blockages) and aneurysms (focal dilations). Venous disorders also fall into two broad categories: thrombosis (clotting) and valvular insufficiency.
In the past decade there have been numerous surgical technological advances such as endovascular aneurysm repair, newer angioplasty and stenting devices, as well as, endovascular ablations of varicose veins. Newer diagnostic modalities, such as improved ultrasound imaging and CT and MR angiography, have improved the diagnosis of vascular disorders.
Treatment of vascular patients requires involvement of multiple specialties. In addition to the patient’s primary physician, involvement of a cardiologist, radiologist, endocrinologist, pulmonologist, nephrologists and other specialists may be necessary depending on the needs of the patient. Vascular Surgery is dedicated to providing the most up-to-date techniques in treating the vascular patient and is forging ahead in various areas of research to solve problems that only a few years ago were deemed unsolvable.
Staffed by board certified surgeons, Vascular Surgery serves patients with peripheral arterial occlusive disease (aortic, renal artery, mesenteric artery, carotid and upper and lower extremities) and venous disorders, aneurysms (except for the heart and brain), and dialysis access (arteriovenous fistula or graft creation and catheter placement). Services include peripheral angioplasty with and without stent placements for treatment of arterial occlusive disease, endovascular repair of aneurysms and endovenous ablation for varicose veins. The noninvasive vascular laboratory offers inpatient and outpatient examinations including carotid duplex, peripheral arterial duplex, venous duplex and pulse volume recordings.
Xenophon Xenophontos, MD, Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery.