Penn Heart and Vascular

Overview of the Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy Program

Advanced Procedures for Blood Vessel Repair and Reconstruction

The breadth and depth of experience of Penn's Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy team allows for the evaluation of all surgical, minimally invasive, endovascular and medical treatments available, and find the option best suited for the unique vascular problem of every patient.

Vascular disease can impair or block blood flow through arteries and veins, or cause them to enlarge (become aneurysmal). It can affect any or many parts of the body resulting in stroke, kidney failure, limb ischemia, or even death.

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State-of-the-art Endovascular Surgery Angiographic Suite

This state-of-the-art endovascular surgery angiographic suite is designed to perform sophisticated minimally invasive surgical interventions.

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A Multispecialty Approach Leads to Better Outcomes

Penn's Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy team consists of:

  • Vascular surgeons
  • Vascular medicine specialists
  • Dedicated vascular anesthesiologists

They collaborate with cardiac specialists and neurosurgeons to treat patients with heart and brain complications of peripheral vascular disease.

Breadth and Depth of Expertise in Vascular Care

Patients come to Penn for consultations and second opinions, diagnosis and treatment of the full range of vascular conditions including:

Procedures include:

  • Aneurysm repair – traditional open surgery and minimally invasive stent grafts
  • Complex reconstruction/revascularization
  • Extremity angioplasty/stenting
  • Heart bypass surgery
  • Removal of atherosclerotic plaque buildup
  • Arteriovenous loop
  • Second procedures (for recurrent arterial stenosis (narrowing) and graft failure)
  • IVC filtration for the prevention of pulmonary embolism

Vascular procedures, whether they are traditional open surgeries or minimally invasive endovascular interventions, are intricate and complex. As a high-volume vascular center, specialists at Penn routinely perform procedures that are done only occasionally at other locations. They are uniquely qualified to treat all patients including those considered to be high-risk.

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