About Endovascular Surgery
At Baptist Health, our experts specialize in endovascular surgery, a minimally invasive approach to heart-related procedures. With our advanced knowledge of the latest surgical techniques, we are able to offer our patients a procedure with lower risks of complications and shorter recovery time.
Endovascular surgery uses catheter-based methods to treat conditions that once required a traditional open surgery. During the procedure, your surgeon will make a small incision in the groin and insert the catheter into your blood vessel. Using advanced x-ray technology, your surgeon will then follow the necessary catheterization procedures to remove blockages and/or open narrowed areas in the body.
Endovascular surgery can treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Aneurysms. An aneurysm refers to a weakening of an artery wall that creates a bulge, or distention, of the artery. The rupture of an aneurysm can cause internal bleeding, which can be fatal.
- Carotid artery disease. Carotid artery disease occurs when a buildup of plaque deposits clog the blood vessels that deliver blood to your brain and head.
- Deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in one or more of the body’s deep veins. This can lead to serious complications left untreated.
- Peripheral vascular disease. Peripheral vascular disease occurs when a buildup of plaque deposits in the coronary artery causes the blood vessels to narrow or block entirely.
- Pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary embolism is a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in your lungs.
- Stroke. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or reduced, preventing brain tissue from getting oxygen and nutrients.
- Tumor. A tumor is a mass of tissue that’s formed by an accumulation of abnormal cells.
- Varicose Veins. Varicose veins occur when a superficial vein becomes swollen, dilated, and overfilled with blood. They appear dark purple or blue and are most prominent on the legs.