Vascular Services

Overview

Our Vascular Services

Our vein specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting your veins, arteries, blood and lymphatic system (part of the body’s immune system).

We help improve vein-related conditions in the least disruptive ways possible. Our team may suggest effective lifestyle changes, medication and/or minimally invasive treatments.

Our minimally invasive endovascular procedures (performed inside your veins) use tiny tubes called catheters to help break up blood clots and open veins narrowed by plaque (a condition called atherosclerosis).

Whatever your condition, our more than 60 years of experience and advanced tools can help you get the relief and results you need.

World-Class Care

Aurora’s Specialized Vascular Services

We are one of the most accomplished vascular medicine programs in Wisconsin with superior outcomes. In fact, we treat more patients for vein problems than any other health system in the state.

In our comprehensive program, we offer:

  • The latest clinical trials and treatment: Our doctors are regularly involved in the latest clinical trials for new vascular treatments. This gives you access to innovative treatments and devices not otherwise available, including:
    • pBranch device: We are the only health system in Wisconsin that offers this device for treating juxtarenal aneurysms (located right next to the kidney’s arteries).
    • Custom stents: We are one of only a few places in the country where you can get a customized abdominal aortic aneurysm stent graft for unusually shaped aneurysms. Without these custom stents, people need open surgical repair.
  • Fellowship-trained surgeons: Several of our surgeons participated in vascular medicine fellowships after their initial medical training. This means they are among the most highly trained vein specialists in the country.
  • Coordinated appointments: Whenever possible, we schedule multiple appointments on the same day to save you time. We might do an ultrasound right after your office visit, or arrange for you to meet a physical therapist immediately after a diagnostic test.
  • Top-quality care: Because we are a coordinated health system with many locations, you can expect excellent vascular testing and treatment in many eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois locations. If you have a complicated condition or require specialized treatment, we can refer you to our advanced Vascular Center at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Learn more about our research and clinical trials.

Conditions We Treat

Comprehensive Care for Vascular Conditions

Our specialists treat every major type of vascular disease and condition. They include:

Arterial Disease

These are health conditions related to your arteries and their functioning. Arteries are the blood vessels that carry blood away from your heart. Arterial disease typically includes carotid artery disease and peripheral artery disease (PAD).

Venous Disease

Venous Disease is a health issue related to your veins, the vessels that move blood back to your heart.

Other Vascular Conditions

We also provide advanced treatment for:

  • Blood clots and clotting disorders: Blood clots inside your arteries or veins are dangerous since they can block blood flow to your organs.
  • Aortic aneurysms: The wall of your aortic artery can weaken, bulge and — if not caught in time — break and cause you to bleed internally. Learn more about aortic aneurysms.
  • Lymphedema: If toxins build up in your lymph nodes, fluid can build up in parts of your body and cause swelling. Learn more about lymphedema.

Conditions

Learn more about the vascular conditions we treat.

View list of all conditions we treat. View All Conditions

Tests & Treatments

Vascular Testing & Diagnosis

Vascular testing helps your doctor identify disorders inside your veins and arteries. Many of our locations offer specialized vascular testing equipment and expert diagnosticians.

Common vascular tests you may need include:

Learn more about heart and vascular testing and diagnosis at Aurora.

Vascular Treatments

Because vascular medicine is one of our specialties, we offer a wide range of treatment options, including some that are not available anywhere else in Wisconsin.

Our treatments include:

Caring Medical Management

In some cases, your doctor may prescribe medication to treat your vascular condition. Your doctor may also refer you to other specialists who deal with health issues like diabetes that can eventually lead to vein problems.

Your provider may also recommend lifestyle changes that can improve your vascular symptoms. These changes may include:

  • Eating healthier
  • Exercising more
  • Losing weight
  • Quitting smoking

Endovascular and Interventional Procedures

Endovascular treatments are procedures that are performed inside blood vessels using a catheter. Interventional treatments are procedures that are typically less invasive than traditional open surgery.

Both endovascular and interventional procedures are often done on an outpatient basis. These procedures include:

  • Stent graft repairs for abdominal aortic aneurysms: We remove a damaged piece of artery and connect two remaining, healthy pieces of artery to each other with a metal stent (small tube).
  • Angioplasty: We use a catheterization procedure to “balloon” open a blocked leg, arm or kidney artery. A metal stent, keeps the artery open. Learn more about cardiac catheterization.
  • Inferior vena cava filter (IVC) insertion: This special filter can help prevent blood clots in your legs from traveling to your lungs. Learn more about vena cava filters.
  • Thrombolytic therapy: This procedure involves injecting medicine into your body to break up life-threatening blood clots.

Vascular Surgery

When necessary, we use traditional surgery to repair aneurysms and blocked arteries. You will typically stay in the hospital for several days to recover.

Learn more about vascular and endovascular surgery.

Meet Our Team

Thorough Care for Vascular Conditions

Our vascular surgeons and specialists treat more people with vein conditions in Wisconsin than anybody else. They are collaborative, compassionate and ready to talk about your health. Get to Know Our Vascular Team.

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