Vascular Surgery Services at a Glance
Washington University vascular surgeons offer advanced procedures to treat the following diseases:
- Carotid artery disease: Carotid arteries are the main blood vessels to the brain. Severe carotid artery disease increases the risk of stroke.
- Aortoiliac and lower extremity occlusive disease: Aortoiliac occlusive disease occurs when iliac arteries (arteries that form as the aorta, the body's main artery, divides into branches at about the level of the naval) become narrowed or blocked.
- Brachiocephalic and upper extremity occlusive disease: The brachiocephalic artery is a short artery arising from the arch of the aorta above the heart and dividing into the carotid and subclavian arteries.
- Atherosclerosis: Hardening of the arteries.
- Renal artery stenosis: Narrowing of the renal artery.
- Dialysis access: Dialysis is a treatment for kidney failure. Vascular surgeons create a fistula (joining an artery to a vein) or graft (man-made tube connecting an artery to a vein) as an access portal.
- Thoracic outlet syndrome: A condition caused by muscular compression of the brachial plexus (a network of nerves that supplies nerves to the chest, shoulder and arms) and subclavian artery.
- Venous and lymphatic disease
- Peripheral vascular disease
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