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New Dimensions in Vascular Care

Thursday, Apr 13, 2017
Vascular System

The latest treatments for basic and complex vascular conditions are conveniently located in Central Bucks County, at Doylestown Health. Fellowship-trained vascular surgeons at Doylestown Health are performing intricate repairs of complex aortic aneurysms, using advanced techniques and state-of-the-art technology.

"While endovascular, or minimally-invasive vascular repair has become commonplace, Doylestown Health is offering a more complex level of care,” explains Atul Rao, MD, vascular surgeon. This includes use of traditional endovascular aortic stent-grafts, and now the option to use specially-designed stent-grafts that allow surgeons to treat anatomically challenging aneurysms that previously could not have been treated with traditional stent-grafts. These new technologies are able to simultaneously exclude blood flow from the aneurysm, while preserving and maintaining blood flow to vital organs."

About Aortic Aneurysms

  • The aorta is the main vessel carrying blood from the heart to the rest of the body. An aneurysm occurs when an area of the aorta weakens and bubbles out.
  • The aorta has branches that carry blood throughout the body to provide oxygen and nutrients to the organs and muscles.
  • Aortic aneurysms, in general, carry a risk of rupture - an immediate, life-threatening situation.
  • The abdominal area is the most common site of aortic aneurysms, which are often discovered incidentally

Treating from Inside the Blood Vessels

"Today, most aneurysm repairs are endovascular, meaning we treat from inside of the blood vessels by re-lining the aneurysms," says Dr. Rao.

Endovascular aneurysm repair offers quicker recovery, shorter hospital stays, and reduced risk of complications compared to open surgery, according to Dr. Rao. To treat the aneurysm, the surgeon threads a catheter through tiny holes in the groin into the femoral artery and up to the aorta, then uses the catheter to deliver a mesh fabric covered stent-graft to the diseased area where the stent-graft lines the inside of the artery, creating a strong channel for blood flow to eliminate the risk of rupture.

Endovascular Innovators

"Doylestown Health is committed to using the most advanced technology to offer our patients better outcomes and a quicker return to their everyday lives," said Dr. Rao.

First in the Region to Perform New Aneurysm Procedure

In fact, Doylestown Health vascular surgeons were first in the Delaware Valley to perform a bilateral iliac branched endoprosthesis (IBE) procedure, when Dr. Rao and Joshua Eisenberg, MD, simultaneously treated two iliac aneurysms (left and right) in a 61-year-old male while preserving blood flow to both iliac arteries.

"The IBE procedure is a cutting-edge therapy that effectively treats the aneurysm while preserving quality of life for the patient," says Dr. Rao.

Thoracic Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (TEVAR)

TEVAR is a minimally-invasive repair of aneurysms in the part of the aorta located in the chest (thoracic). This therapy significantly reduces the recovery and risks associated with open chest incisions that were the mainstay of treatment in the past. Drs. Eisenberg and Rao have introduced this technology to Doylestown Hospital.

Fenestrated Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (FEVAR)

Sometimes, an aneurysm occurs in the section of the aorta where the kidney arteries or intestinal arteries branch off. Fenestrated stent-grafts are custom designed using enhanced imaging to place holes in the stent graft at the exact locations of the kidney or intestinal arteries. This innovative therapy has also recently been brought to Doylestown Hospital by Drs. Rao and Eisenberg.

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Doylestown Health Vascular Surgery

Doylestown Health Vascular Surgery offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for arterial conditions and venous systems. Our highly experienced, fellowship-trained endovascular surgeons perform complex open surgeries and minimally-invasive endovascular treatments in Doylestown Hospital's sophisticated hybrid operating room.

Conditions Treated:

  • Abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections (tears in the wall of the artery)
  • Carotid blockages/cerebrovascular disease
  • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and limb ischemia (blockages in blood flow that can lead to pain or even loss of limb)
  • Deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot in a vein that can break loose and cause blockage)
  • Diabetes-related circulatory problems and wounds
  • Kidney disease requiring dialysis
  • Mesenteric artery disease (intestinal blood flow)
  • Peripheral artery aneurysms
  • Renal artery disease
  • Varicose veins
  • Lymphedema

To learn more about Doylestown Health Vascular Surgery, call 215-230-6982.

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