Clinical Trials

Research and Innovation

The physicians and staff of the Aurora Health Care Vascular Services program are extremely active in various research and innovation projects, and have initiated, and partnered with industry to implement, numerous cutting-edge research studies over the years.

We’ve been involved in many past research protocols that have significantly contributed to and helped define the current standard of care for patients with peripheral vascular disease.

Some of these include:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm stent grafts placed with a catheter, which can prevent major abdominal surgery to repair the aneurysm
  • Carotid artery stents (the artery leading to the brain) with emboli (blood clot) capture devices to prevent stroke
  • Covered stents in narrowed arteries of the legs
  • Development and testing of adult stem cells in patients with chronic limb ischemia (painful limbs from lack of blood flow that could lead to amputation)
  • New medications designed to prevent pain and blood clots in limbs with narrowed arteries from peripheral vascular disease
  • New types of catheters and angioplasty equipment to help open narrowed blood vessels in the legs without the use of surgery
  • Various types of stents for the renal (kidney) arteries

The Aurora Vascular Services program is constantly looking for new and innovative research protocols in order continue our goal of improving the lives of patients with peripheral vascular disease. We have recently been asked to be one of four centers in the world to evaluate and test a new design for an abdominal aortic aneurism stent graft.

Other current areas of peripheral vascular research include:

  • Evaluation of treatments and lifestyle changes that don’t require medications or surgery to help improve the quality of life in patients with peripheral vascular disease
  • New types of stents that can be used in smaller arteries of the legs than previous designs
  • Using laser technology to open arteries in the leg before using a stent
  • New types of stents that can be used in smaller arteries of the legs than previous designs

To find enrolling research protocols in Aurora, visit our clinical research website.