Division of Vascular Surgery
The Division of Vascular Surgery has made advances clinically. We have instituted an endovascular graft program for the treatment of aneurismal disease. Over the past two years, we have done approximately 80 grafts using a variety of devices from three difference manufacturers and one that is manufactured under an IDE granted by the FDA. All of the faculty are now trained in the use of the various grafts and are providing this as a treatment option to our patients.
Surgical expertise is provided in all aspects of vascular surgery, including an endovascular program in cooperation with Interventional Radiology. Carotid surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin is a primary program of Vascular Surgery. Thoracic aortic aneurysms are repaired in concert with the Cardiothoracic Surgery team. Repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms is shifting from open to endovascular surgery, and the program is growing rapidly. Aorto-iliac occlusive, renovascular and mesenteric vascular reconstructive surgery are all key elements of the vascular surgery program.
Peripheral vascular surgery is another key aspect of the clinical program. Reconstructive and amputation surgery as well as management of infected graphs are areas of expertise. Vascular access surgery is performed by Transplant Surgery but also, in part, by Vascular Surgery. Management of peripheral vascular disease and chronic wounds is another key element of the clinical program. A multidisciplinary program is operated as a combined clinic with Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.