In 2009, the Oregon Heart & Vascular Institute's vascular and endovascular surgery program at Sacred Heart Medical Center performed 885 vascular surgeries.
The surgery team specializes in aortic stent grafting for abdominal aortic aneurysms, thoracic stent grafting, and carotid stenting. Stent grafting is an excellent option for patients at high risk for complications from conventional surgery.
The team is particularly proud of its work using endovascular techniques for ruptured abdominal aortas or ruptured thoracic aortas. Endovascular techniques are in many circumstances superior to open surgery and less invasive than robotic or laparoscopic surgeries.
For patients who have suffered a stroke or who are at high stroke risk from carotid plaque, the team offers advanced minimally invasive options, including carotid endarterectomy, or carotid stenting for patients who cannot undergo surgery.
Options available for lower-extremity vascular disease include angioplasty and stenting procedures for severe peripheral vascular disease. Surgical procedures include minimally invasive interventions, including endarterectomy, vessel repair or replacement, and bypass surgery using a vein or synthetic graft. Alternative minimally invasive procedures include balloon angioplasty, sometimes followed by stent implantation.
For patients who suffer from claudication, the Oregon Heart & Vascular Institute offers percutaneous interventions, and when those are exhausted, all types of operative bypass procedures.
Comprehensive Vascular Care
Our interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons partner with the patient to determine the procedures that assure the best overall outcome. The emphasis is on:
- Comprehensive diagnostic studies
- An evaluation of all options available, from non-invasive or minimally invasive steps, to surgery
- The convening of a multidisciplinary team to discuss all options and settle on the best practices for the patient
The team uses post-treatment peer review to examine steps taken in particular cases. The process scrutinizes treatment decisions and patient outcomes to continually improve care.
Vascular Disease Interventions
Our vascular interventional radiologists specialize in the use of advanced medical technology to accurately diagnose and treat vascular disease. They use a wide array of radiological procedures that enable them to more frequently employ minimally invasive treatments to help patients avoid open surgery, reduce recovery time, and minimize hospital stay. The Oregon Heart & Vascular Institute's interventional radiologists use state-of-the-art fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and catheter-based angiography on patients with vascular conditions.