Vascular & Endovascular Surgery


Vascular and endovascular surgeries are procedures that can help restore proper blood flow through your veins. Once blood flow is restored, pain you may have had that was caused by lack of blood flow is greatly improved or gone.

Endovascular procedures are done inside the blood vessel. A small tube (a catheter) is inserted through your groin and into the artery. Angioplasty may be used to widen or open a blockage in the artery. Sometimes a support (a stent) is placed to hold the artery open.

During endovascular surgery, you’re sedated, but you can usually go home the same day. In vascular surgery, the artery is reached through an incision in the skin. This requires general anesthesia, so you may be admitted to the hospital for a few days, depending on the surgery.

Services & Treatment

One common type of endovascular surgery is an AAA (abdominal aortic aneurysm) endograft insertion. This repairs an AAA from inside the aorta with a stent graft insertion. It’s a procedure done jointly with a vascular surgeon who makes an incision to each groin for the stent graft to be inserted. It involves a much shorter hospital stay and recovery than an open surgical repair. Other types of endovascular surgery include:

  • Angiogram – may include angioplasty and a stent in an artery, and is done on the carotid artery, lower or upper extremity, mesenteric artery or renal artery
  • Aortogram – involves images and mapping of the aorta
  • Venogram –  may include angioplasty and a stent in a vein
  • IVC (inferior vena cava) filter insertion and retrieval – helps prevent blood clots in the legs from traveling to the lungs

Common types of vascular surgeries include:

  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Iliofemoral endarterectomy
  • Lower leg bypass
  • Aortofemoral bypass
  • Femoral to femoral bypass
  • Open AAA repair
  • Dialysis fistula or graft

Learn more about vascular and endovascular surgery at Aurora:

Why Aurora?

At Aurora St. Luke’s Vascular Center, we take a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating all types of vascular disorders. Our Vascular Center is one of the few places in the country where you can get a customized AAA stent graft for unusually shaped aneurysms that would otherwise need an open surgical repair.

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