Vascular surgeons and specialists at Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Cardiovascular Institute are renowned for their expertise in performing advanced endovascular treatments that lower your risk of life-threatening problems.
Endovascular treatments take place inside your arteries via a catheter (hollow tube) that your physician threads through the femoral artery in your groin. These less-invasive procedures are a good option if you can’t undergo an open surgical procedure due to health complications.
When you undergo endovascular therapy at AHN, you benefit from:
We use minimally invasive heart surgery techniques when possible. This approach reduces your risk of infection and scarring and can speed the recovery process. Your physician will discuss the best surgical option for you.
Our vascular experts work collaboratively with other physicians at the Cardiovascular Institute to provide you with exemplary medical care.
We listen to your concerns and customize a treatment plan with your needs in mind. When appropriate, you may choose to participate in clinical trials for new therapies via the AHN Cardiovascular Research Institute.
Our vascular surgeons have deep expertise performing a variety of endovascular therapies including:
Aneurysms occur when blood pools in a weakened part of the aortic wall, causing a bulge. A ruptured aneurysm can be fatal. AAA surgery can be done the following ways:
During EVAR surgery, your physician places a stent-graft (small mesh tube) at the site of the abdominal aortic aneurysm via a catheter inserted into the femoral artery in your groin. The stent-graft alleviates pressure on the aneurysm site.
Your surgeon will make a large incision in the abdomen and use a graft to repair the abdomen.
This procedure is used to treat aneurysms in the chest or upper part of your aorta. Learn more about aortic disease.
Your physician uses a small device to break up or remove a blood clot. Our surgeons were the first in the region to offer the Lutonix® 035 drug-coated balloon catheter to deliver blood clot-dissolving medication directly into a blocked artery using a single balloon inflation.
Your physician uses a small balloon device inserted through a catheter in your femoral artery to open a blocked artery. A stent, or small mesh tube, is placed to keep the artery open. You may need this procedure for carotid artery disease or peripheral artery disease.
If you do not have a referral for an endovascular procedure, call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677 to schedule an appointment with a general cardiologist to be evaluated.
If you have a referral for an endovascular procedure, contact the team at the facility where you want to have the procedure completed:
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