Your arteries, veins and capillaries are your body's superhighway. Your blood flows through them to carry oxygen and nutrients to every organ and tissue in your body. When there's a blockage on that highway, serious problems can occur.
What Is Vascular Surgery?
Vascular surgery repairs damaged blood vessels or opens blocked vessels, so your blood can flow through more easily.
Vascular surgeons at Luminis Health are experts in advanced endovascular therapy. They open vessels and remove blockages to improve blood flow in your neck, legs, kidneys and other organs — using minimally invasive surgical techniques. That means tiny incisions, minimal pain and scarring, and a speedy recovery for you.
Types of vascular surgery
Your surgeon determines whether minimally invasive or traditional open surgery is the best option for you. The type of vascular surgery you have will depend on your medical condition and overall health.
Some of the most common vascular surgeries performed at Luminis Health include:
We use this minimally invasive procedure to open clogged veins and arteries.
This procedure removes plaque deposits in your arteries and improves blood flow through the arteries in your neck and legs.
This minimally invasive surgery clears a clog in your carotid artery. Our surgeons use a tiny device to briefly reverse your blood flow away from your brain, which reduces your risk of stroke.
These are treatments a surgeon does right inside your blood vessels, using a thin catheter.
We provide both surgical and nonsurgical treatments for varicose veins.
Bypass surgery is open surgery. It creates a new path for blood flow using healthy vessels. It's effective, and the repair can last for years.
Why Trust Luminis Health for Vascular Surgery?
Doctors from across the country refer their patients to us because they trust our skills and care. Our advanced surgical techniques offer treatments with less pain and faster recovery times.
We're nationally recognized. The American College of Cardiology recognizes Luminis Health for our commitment to hospital care for our patients. We're proud to appear on the 2022 U.S. News & World Report list of “Best Hospitals."
We have advanced expertise. Our vascular specialists perform the most carotid artery surgeries in the state, with excellent outcomes and a low risk of stroke.
We support you with multidisciplinary care teams. Your care doesn't end with surgery. We have a dedicated team of health care professionals — including cardiologists, physical therapists, wound care specialists and other providers —who look after you as well. We're your health care partners, supporting you from diagnosis through recovery and beyond.
What to Expect When You Have Vascular Surgery
Your doctor reviews with you any special instructions about how to prepare for your surgery and what to expect. There are some important differences between minimally invasive endovascular surgeries and open surgeries.
No matter which type of surgery you need, you'll be in good hands. We'll prepare you in advance and support you with any care you'll need afterward.
For endovascular and other minimally invasive surgeries:
You'll receive medicine through a vein to make you sleepy, and you won't feel any pain.
Your surgeon may inject a contrast dye into your blood vessel. This enables the doctors to better see the area they need to work on.
We make one or a few tiny incisions in your groin, arm or neck. We thread a catheter from the opening into your vessel to clear and open the blocked area. These tiny cuts heal quickly and leave minimal scars.
You'll either go home the same day or require an overnight stay in the hospital.
Recovery is usually easier than with open surgeries, but still may take several weeks.
- You'll get general anesthesia, so you'll be completely asleep and won't feel any pain during the surgery.
- Your surgeon makes a large incision and opens the area that needs surgery.
- You'll need to stay in the hospital for a few days (or longer) to recover.
- Full recovery takes longer than with minimally invasive surgery — at least several weeks to months.
- You'll likely have a reasonably large scar from the surgery.