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Vascular Surgery

VascularSurgery

Interdisciplinary Approach To Complex Aortic Pathology

The Aortic program at MHVI combines the expertise of a vascular surgeon and a cardiac surgeon to thoroughly evaluate patients with complex aortic disease. During one visit, both specialists evaluate patients together to determine the least invasive, most effective surgical solution. The surgeons review images and use three-dimensional reconstruction to obtain the high level of detail needed for precise evaluation.

Patients with aortic pathology—dissections, thoracic aneurysms, penetrating ulcers and connective tissue disorders, among other conditions—benefit from this interdisciplinary approach. Surgery is performed in a hybrid operating room, with sophisticated imaging and perfusionists as needed, so surgeons can perform both open and endovascular procedures. At left, surgeons perform a complex endovascular repair of a thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm using parallel grafting technique.

Pioneering Advanced Vascular Techniques

Vascular Surgery
Edward Woo, MD, Director, MedStar Vascular Program, Chairman, Department of Vascular Surgery, Professor of Surgery, Georgetown University

The MedStar Vascular Program is the largest and most experienced program for the management of aortic disease in the mid-Atlantic and a recognized leader in the treatment of peripheral vascular disease.

These physicians are known for their expertise and quality in all aspects of vascular services. They provide care ranging from straightforward vascular disease to the most complex vascular disorders such as thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections.

A leader in minimally invasive endovascular techniques, the program is at the forefront of advancing techniques and technologies, collaborating on numerous clinical trials. It is one of only 40 sites nationwide testing the GORE® TAG® Thoracic Branch Endoprosthesis—a new investigational stent-graft that could change aortic arch to a minimally invasive procedure.

Highlights of the Program

  • Performing over 270 aortic procedures in 2016, more than any other health system in the mid-Atlantic
  • Leading expertise in treating carotid disease—including endarterectomy, stenting and resection of carotid body tumors
  • Offering the most current minimally invasive approaches to limb salvage
  • Treating deep venous issues and performing radiofrequency ablation and sclerotherapy for varicose veins
  • Shaping the future of vascular surgery in clinical research and scientific advancement
  • Training the newest generation of vascular surgeons through dedicated fellowship and integrated residency programs
  • 24 vascular surgeons in a network of 9 acute care hospitals and 15 outpatient clinics
  • Noninvasive vascular laboratories performing 20,000+ studies per year

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