The surgeons at Renown Institute for Heart and Vascular Health have extensive experience performing open surgical procedures to treat vascular disease cases that are considered too complex and therefore unsuitable for minimally invasive endovascular treatment. Open surgery is also a considered for different types of complications following endovascular treatments.
Surgical care for vascular disease begins with determining the type of vascular disease and its exact location. Although this can be performed with an ultrasound, the most accurate test is called an arteriogram, which is an outpatient procedure that involves a small needle and catheter that are inserted into an artery. A dye is injected into the arteries and pictures are taken of the blood flow. This provides a roadmap of all of the normal and abnormal segments of arteries and allows the surgeon to identify the areas of concern.
Surgery is performed in an operating room under general anesthesia.