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Vascular Care

The Northshore’s Premier Choice for Vascular Care

Vascular disease is any condition that affects the network of blood vessels in your body, including the legs, arms, neck and kidneys. When a blockage occurs it can affect your ability to function, it can also cause pain, and even threaten your life. The board-certified vascular surgeons at Lakeview Hospital offer comprehensive care for all vascular conditions.

Benefits of Vascular Care at Lakeview Hospital

  • Leading-edge treatments – We offer the latest life-saving therapies including minimally invasive endovascular approaches that are associated with a shorter recovery time and open surgical approaches that are not widely available at other hospitals.
  • Team approach to complex conditions – Our vascular surgeons work together to perform complex surgeries expediting care and reducing exposure to general anesthetics.
  • Individualized care plan – Our team of specialists devise a customized treatment plan tailored to you and your unique pathology for the best possible outcome.

Our multidisciplinary team of physicians provide treatment for many conditions, including:

  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm
  • Aortic dissection
  • Pelvic congestion syndrome
  • Claudication
  • Critical limb ischemia
  • Fibromuscular dysplasia
  • Renal artery disease
  • Vertebral artery disease
  • Visceral artery disease
  • Varicose veins
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • May-Thurner syndrome
  • Nutcracker syndrome
  • Venous ulcer

Leading vascular surgery treatment

Carotid Artery Disease (CEA) occurs when plaque builds up in the carotid artery which carries blood through the neck and into the brain. The plaque can block blood flow to the brain causing a stroke. Surgery is recommended to treat the disease. A vascular surgery can perform a carotid endarterectomy to remove the artery-clogging plaque.

  • Hospital Stay: 1-2 night hospital stay
  • Recovery: You may need to limit physical activity for a week after surgery and your neck may ache for up to two weeks.
  • Results: This has been the standard treatment because it has a low procedural stroke risk.

Lakeview Hospital is the first hospital on the Northshore to treat carotid artery disease and help prevent future strokes using a new procedure called TCAR, TransCarotid Artery Revascularization. TCAR (tee-kahr) is a clinically proven, minimally invasive and safe approach for high-surgical risk patients who need carotid artery treatment. The vascular surgeon makes a small incision just above the collar bone to access the artery. Using cutting-edge technology, a sheath is inserted into the artery and blood flow is temporarily reversed away from the brain and debris is collected in a filter. Then, a transcarotid stent is inserted to stabilize the plaque and reduce further possibility of stroke.

  • Hospital Stay: Overnight stay for monitoring
  • Recovery: There is virtually no recovery period. You are able to return to all your normal activities right away.
  • Results: TCAR has the lowest risk of stroke among carotid stenting procedures.

Aortic aneurysms are bulges in the wall of the aorta. Aortic dissections and ruptures can be fatal. Aortic aneurysm surgery is necessary for symptomatic abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms and can be done using open surgery or minimally invasive endovascular procedure.

Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) is a blood circulation disorder that causes narrowing or blockages of blood vessels outside of the heart or brain. The plaque buildup can cause pain and poor circulation. Early treatment can reduce the risk of amputation. The vascular surgeons at Lakeview Regional offer minimally invasive endovascular approaches to treating this disease, including:

  • Balloon angioplasty: A small balloon is used to open the narrowed artery
  • Stenting: A small, mesh tube is used to hold the artery open
  • Laser atherectomy: A tiny laser is used through a catheter to remove plaque

Other procedures include:

  • Peripheral artery bypass: When a graft (plastic tube or blood vessel) is used to reroute the blood flow around the blockage.
  • Endarterectomy: Surgery to remove plaque from a blood vessel

Our board-certified vascular surgeons perform endovascular treatment for patients diagnosed with Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (PCS). Ovarian vein embolization is a minimally invasive treatment option that can help alleviate symptoms and chronic pain in the pelvic area. PCS most often affects women between the ages of 20-45, but women of any age can be diagnosed with it. Risk factors include hormonal abnormalities, multiple previous pregnancies, weight gain, and polycystic ovaries.

Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment option for venous ulcers. Venous ulcers are skin ulcers that occur in the legs and are caused by weak blood flow to the limb and can become chronic wounds. The vascular team at Lakeview Regional injects a fine foam into the varicose veins guided by ultrasound. The foam causes inflammation which makes the walls of the varicose veins stick together, making them no longer visible through the skin.

Anterior Spinal Fusion is a neurosurgical or orthopedic surgical technique that joins two or more bones of the spine from the front of the body. Our comprehensive team of surgeons often uses the anterior approach for lumbar fusion when a patient has had multiply surgeries in the posterior area, to provide more direct access to the intervertebral disk, and to allow for quicker recovery.