A Minimally Invasive Focus
The vascular surgeons at Sacred Heart Medical Center provide care that is second to none in Oregon. Sacred Heart is among the highest-volume hospitals in the state for this category of complex, specialized surgery -- and when it comes to vascular procedures, high volumes correlate directly with high quality and superior outcomes.
The vascular surgeons at Sacred Heart regularly lead the region in performing successful aortic stent grafts for abdominal aortic aneurysms, thoracic stent grafting and carotid stenting. Minimally invasive stent grafting is an excellent option for patients at high risk of complications from conventional surgery.
To meet the needs of patients and referring physicians, we have a vascular surgeon on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to handle any emergent situation.
Surgeons at Sacred Heart perform the highest number of carotid endarterectomies in the state. Research has shown that because carotid endarterectomy is such a complex procedure, performing at least 101 of this type of surgery per year may lead to better patient outcomes (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality). Surgeons at Sacred Heart performed 263 carotid endarterectomies in 2010, more than twice the suggested baseline.
Femoral Popliteal Bypass
Femoral popliteal bypass is another procedure best performed by an experienced vascular surgeon. Blood vessels or vein graphs are used to bypass a blocked portion of the femoral artery. In some cases, a prosthetic graft may be used. Surgeons at Sacred Heart performed 178 femoral popliteal bypass operations in 2010.
Vascular surgeons at Sacred Heart have extensive experience with fistula repair, creation and ligation. They performed a total of 472 fistula procedures in 2010.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Diagnosed early, an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) can be treated with an endovascular stent graft. Patients who have an aortic stent graft generally require just 24 hours' hospitalization and return to normal life within a week. Research indicates that performing at least 32 surgeries per year may lead to better patient outcomes (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality). In 2010, surgeons at Sacred Heart performed 139 AAA repair procedures, 65 of which involved endovascular stenting.