Innovations in Vascular Care
The physicians of Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates continue to build on decades of pioneering advancements in aortic and vascular care. MCVSA physicians invented the Dacron® graft to repair aortic aneurysms; were the first to surgically repair an aortic aneurysm; and performed the first carotid endarterectomy (surgical removal of a blockage in the carotid artery). MCVSA surgeons are worldwide leaders in cardiovascular surgery, having performed over 5,000 thoracoabdominal aneurysm procedures. MCVSA surgeons, cardiologists, and diagnostic specialists evaluate the most appropriate medical and surgical treatment options for each patient; while continuing to pursue research that will advance vascular medicine. The full range of arterial and venous system disorders are treated from the most common, cosmetic venous diseases such as spider veins and varicose veins treated at the Vein Clinic; to the most complex hybrid aortic arch repairs, limb salvage procedures, and carotid and extremity bypasses. The Vein Clinic utilizes the latest non-invasive, dual laser equipment for treating cosmetic conditions. For complex procedures, innovations in hybrid approaches (combined surgical and catheter-based procedures) improve safety and outcomes while eliminating the need for two separate procedures. For dialysis patients in need of long term venous access, simple fistula/graphs and complex hemodialysis access procedures are performed. For patients with aortic dissections, Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates physicians developed the nationally-recognized Acute Aortic Treatment Center; an innovative program for providing immediate, life-saving treatment. In conjunction with the Methodist Endovascular Center, patients also benefit from catheter-based endovascular solutions such as angioplasty, carotid endarterectomy, and the placement of stents to sustain improved blood flow.
The latest diagnostic imaging tools are employed including sophisticated and non-invasive duplex ultrasound techniques such as the Transcranial Doppler (TCD) for the evaluation of stenosis (narrowing) in cranial blood vessels; and DynaCT which allows physicians to view CT images of vascular abnormalities during angiography procedures. This in-house diagnostic capability enables Methodist Cardiovascular Surgery Associates physicians to efficiently diagnose and treat vascular conditions that other institutions may not be able to treat.