Vascular Surgery

Regional Leader for Complex Vascular Procedures

The number of vascular surgical procedures performed at our medical center is among the highest in the state. 

Vascular Surgery Specialties

The vascular surgeons at Oregon Heart & Vascular Institute regularly lead the region in successful aortic stent grafts for abdominal aortic aneurysms, thoracic stent grafting and carotid stenting. Minimally invasive stent grafting is available for patients at risk for complications.

Carotid Endarterctomy

Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is a surgical procedure to prevent stroke. It corrects stenosis (narrowing) in the common carotid artery. Endarterectomy is the removal of material on the inside of an artery.

OHVI surgeons perform the highest number of carotid endarterectomies in the state.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

An abdominal aortic aneurysm occurs when the large blood vessel (aorta) that supplies blood to the abdomen, pelvis and legs becomes abnormally large or balloons outward.

Causes, incidence and risk factors

The exact cause is unknown, but risk factors for developing an abdominal aortic aneurysm include:

  • Emphysema
  • Genetic factors
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Male gender
  • Obesity
  • Smoking

An abdominal aortic aneurysm can develop in anyone, but it is most often seen in males over age 60 who have one or more risk factors. The larger the aneurysm, the more likely it is to rupture.

Diagnosis and Treatment

If diagnosed early, an abdominal aortic aneurysm can be treated with an endovascular stent graft.

Patients who have an aortic stent graft generally require 24 hours in the hospital and return to normal life within a week.

Femoral Popliteal Bypass

Best performed by an experienced vascular surgeon, femoral popliteal bypass surgery is used to bypass diseased blood vessels above or below the knee.

Blood is redirected through either a healthy blood vessel that has been transplanted or man-made graft material. The blood vessel or graft is sewn above and below the diseased artery so that blood flows through it.

Fistula Procedures

A fistula is a connection or passageway between two organs or vessels that normally do not connect. It is generally a disease condition, but a fistula may be surgically created for therapeutic reasons.

Vascular surgeons at Oregon Heart & Vascular Institute have extensive experience with fistula repair, creation and ligation (tie-off).

The numbers and awards speak for themselves


2010-2011 Surgery Quality Report

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Craig Seidman, MD, has the most experience with aortic stents, abdominal aortic aneurysms and thoracic aneurysms in the region.

For more health information:
Aortic aneurysm
Endovascular repair for aortic aneurysm
Carotid endarterectomy
Carotid stent
Femoral popliteal bypass