Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
Most of us don't think much about our body's
circulatory system --which includes the veins
and arteries that transport nutrients to the cells.
But disorders of the vascular system, especially
the aorta, can be life threatening. The surgeons
from Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy diagnose
and treat blood vessel disorders from complex
abdominal aortic aneurysms to varicose veins.
The Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy Division has an extensive diagnostic
facility that offers patients state-of-the-art
technology with minimal trauma. For example, fully
non-invasive angiograms are possible using magnetic
resonance angiography (MRA) that can visualize
the blood vessels without inserting a catheter
into the vessel. As a result, patients are more
comfortable both during and after the procedure.
Penn's Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy is one of a
select group of research centers involved in advanced
FDA trials investigating a new way to treat abdominal
aortic aneurysms. The procedure, endovascular
aortic stent grafting, is effective for both low-risk
patients and patients who are high risk for conventional
surgical repair. This new technology eliminates
the need for general anesthesia, and markedly
reduces the size of the incision. Recovery from
the procedure generally requires only two to three
days of hospital care. Patients can usually return
to normal activity within one week.
Penn's Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy is the most
active center in the region, performing more carotid,
aortic, and peripheral arterial repairs than any
other. And as the medical literature documents
attests -- the more surgical cases performed,
the better the results.
The Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy is notable:
- Philadelphia Magazine's May 2002 issue
recognized two of our vascular surgeons as "Top
- One of our vascular surgeons was honored by
The Best Doctors in America 2002.
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