When vascular disease goes undetected, it can lead to life-threatening medical events such as stroke. At the Institute for Surgical Excellence, our vascular surgeons use advanced diagnostic tests and a range of medical and surgical treatments. These tests and treatments allow us to effectively manage routine and complex vascular problems in new ways.
We offer novel treatment options not widely available elsewhere, such as transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) to treat carotid artery occlusive disease. We also offer minimally invasive varicose veins treatment with excellent results.
Vascular surgery at Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence
When you choose the Institute for Surgical Excellence for vascular disease care, you benefit from our:
Institute model of care
Your vascular surgeon may consult with other highly skilled specialists from Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence and Lehigh Valley Heart Institute. This institute approach provides unmatched surgical expertise and the latest diagnosis and treatment options from across our network.
Advanced stroke care
Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest was the first stroke center in the state to be designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. We offer the highest standard of stroke care, consistently outperforming national quality standards.
Full range of vascular services
Our Institute for Surgical Excellence’s vascular disease experts perform a full range of diagnostic and treatment services. We treat carotid artery disease, varicose veins, abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), and other vascular problems using open and minimally invasive methods – whichever approach offers the best results.
Sophisticated operating rooms
Our doctors work out of an advanced hybrid operating room. This offers our surgeons high-tech tools that increase surgical precision.
Our vascular surgeons are skilled in multiple leading therapies to treat vascular disease, including:
Carotid artery occlusive disease: We are one of a few centers in the U.S. to offer transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR). This procedure effectively treats carotid artery disease (carotid artery stenosis) with a small incision and minimal recovery time.
Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA): We offer two of the latest less-invasive treatments for AAA. Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) with Heli-FX® technology is effective and may benefit patients who weren’t eligible for other surgical treatments. Fenestrated endovascular aneurysm repair (FEVAR) treats more complex types of AAA. FEVAR is a leading treatment offered at only a handful of centers nationwide.
Peripheral artery disease: Some patients with peripheral artery disease may benefit from a new minimally invasive procedure that delivers medication directly into an affected artery using a drug-coated balloon (DCB) catheter. LVHN was the first in the state to use Medtronic’s IN.PACT® Admiral® DCB outside of clinical trials.
Thoracic aortic dissection: working in collaboration with our cardiac surgeons, our vascular team provided comprehensive care for complex aortic diseases, such as thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections, using traditional open surgical and endovascular techniques.
Comprehensive wound care
Our on-site wound care clinic is led by a clinical nurse specialist with extensive training in wound care. This clinic provides expert care for non-healing wounds of the legs and feet.
Access and convenience
We understand busy schedules. That’s why we provide multiple services in one visit (like meeting with a surgeon while learning about your diagnosis) whenever possible. Our extensive network ensures high-quality care at a location near you.
Vascular conditions we treat
Our vascular surgeons provide care for:
- Carotid artery disease (cerebrovascular disease)
- Peripheral artery disease
- Thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms
- Lower extremity arterial and diabetic-related wounds/ulcers
- Venous incompetence, ulcers, obstruction and clotting
- Varicose veins and spider veins
- Renal artery stenosis (renal and mesenteric artery occlusive disease)
- Dialysis access procedures