Penn Heart and Vascular

Quality and Outcomes at the Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy Program

Quality & Outcomes

Penn is one of the top five centers for thoracic aortic, abdominal aortic and carotid stent grafting in the nation, Penn is among a handful of centers leading the movement towards endovascular surgery. Members of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy are involved in advanced FDA trials to investigate new ways to treat abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms.

In January 2010, HUP opened a second endovascular surgery angiographic suite dedicated to performing sophisticated endovascular interventions, including stent grafting for aortic aneurysms and angioplasty and stent grafting for peripheral arterial occlusive disease.

Intravascular ultrasound, angiography, 3D image reconstruction and image-based guidance are integrated and controlled by the operative team at tableside to streamline and optimize endovascular interventions.

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Dr. Benjamin Jackson: "This endovascular operating suite is the culmination of more than 12 months of collaborative research and development by a team of anesthesiologists, nurses, radiologists and vascular surgeons. It gives us the ability to take care of the full range of vascular diseases efficiently and safely. In this angiographic suite we'll be treating the full range of patients with vascular diseases including those with aortic aneurysms, thoracic aortic aneurysms, carotid artery stenosis, having suffered strokes or mini strokes, and people with peripheral arterial disease. Prior to the inception of this operating room patients would have to go to three or four places in the hospital to have the same diagnostic and therapeutic interventions performed. Now they can have all that done more safely, efficiently and in a more timely fashion in one angiographic suite. Patients with ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms come into the emergency department and in some cases only have minutes to live. We can bring them up to this operating room and perform a CT scan immediately, the anesthesiologists are here to take care of them, and support them and resuscitate them, the vascular surgeons are here to perform intervascular stent grafting to treat the aneurysm and save lives. I'm Dr. Benjamin Jackson. I'm an assistant professor of surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania."

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