As an academic medical center, The University of Kansas Health System provides unique vascular disease treatments that may not be available elsewhere in Kansas City. Our physicians are researchers and leaders in their field, pioneering the most current techniques to treat vascular disease. Many of these treatments are minimally invasive and result in a faster recovery.
All of our vascular surgeons are faculty members at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. As trusted authorities in vascular treatment, they teach the most effective, least invasive surgical techniques to other physicians.
Treatment for vascular disease will depend on your specific diagnosis. Some of the treatments your doctor may recommend are:
- Medical management – Your doctor may suggest medicines, diet changes, exercise and other lifestyle modifications to decrease your risk for complications from vascular disease.
- Minimally invasive or noninvasive treatments – Our physicians specialize in using the most advanced minimally invasive treatment options for opening blocked arteries, including
- Angiogram – Provides an image of the blood vessels
- Angioplasty – Inserting a small catheter from your groin area into the artery that is blocked and inflating a prosthetic device to open the arteries
- Drug coated balloons
- Lasers to clear the arteries
- Atherectomy (clearing the artery mechanically)
- Surgery – In addition to minimally invasive treatments, our physicians offer a complete range of surgical treatments for vascular disease. Our state-of-the-art surgery center offers a sophisticated hybrid suite that allows doctors from multiple specialties to perform complex procedures.
Vascular and endovascular surgery
Specially trained surgeons at The University of Kansas Health System surgically repair damaged or diseased blood vessels. Our vascular surgeons work closely with cardiologists, neurologists and interventional radiologists to develop and implement comprehensive, individualized treatment plans.
Heart disease or other disorders, such as diabetes, can damage veins and arteries. Blood vessel disorders can lead to stroke or a heart attack. Common disorders include:
- Arteriosclerosis of the extremities (a hardening of the arteries that supply the legs and feet)
- Peripheral arterial disease
- Aortic aneurysm
- Carotid artery disease
- Deep vein thrombosis and thrombophlebitis
- Varicose veins
Our surgeons are experts in both vascular surgery and a less-invasive technique called endovascular surgery, which can be used to treat aneurysm (dilation of the artery) and stenosis (narrowing of the artery). This advanced surgery results in less pain, quicker recovery and less strain on the heart.