Vascular Surgery

At Saint Joseph's Heart and Vascular Institute, we have been treating a wide variety of conditions with vascular surgery for nearly a century. Our name is synonymous with innovation, and we take great pride in the tremendous volume of vascular surgery patients we have maintained as well as the unparalleled outcomes we continue to achieve. Vascular surgery pioneer J. Harold Harrison, MD, helped us become what we are today, the top center for vascular and peripheral vascular intervention and surgery in Atlanta -- and one of the top centers in the nation.

In the Vascular Surgery Department, our highest priority is providing state-of-the-art, advanced care for you and your family in a comfortable, compassionate environment. We strive to restore your vascular system so it operates at its optimal level, and we work as a team to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatment approach and that your recovery is as fast and as painless as possible.

For more information, or to make a vascular surgery appointment, call: 678-843-5400

Services

The non-invasive, diagnostic services we offer include:

  • Aneurysm ultrasound
  • Carotid ultrasound
  • Computed tomography (CT) scanning
  • CT angiography
  • Graft surveillance
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Mesenteric artery ultrasound
  • Non-invasive flow studies
  • Peripheral arterial occlusive disease testing
  • Renal artery ultrasound
  • Stress testing
  • Vein mapping

Our treatments include:

  • Abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysm repair, both endovascular and surgical
  • Arterial grafts
  • Atherectomy
  • Carotid angioplasty
  • Carotid artery stenting
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Claudication management and therapy
  • Dialysis access
  • Endovenous laser therapy
  • Varicose vein treatment
  • Limb salvage
  • Peripheral vascular bypass
  • Radiofrequency ablation (closure)
  • Renal artery stenting
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Thrombectomy
  • Vascular access
  • Vascular non-invasive studies
  • Deep vein thrombosis treatment and management
  • Vena cava filter placement
Vascular Surgery: Then and Now

The vascular system (also known as the circulatory system) -- your heart, arteries, and veins -- is subject to disease just like any other part of the body. As people age, a combination of genes and an unhealthy lifestyle contribute to the build up of fatty deposits (plaque) in the blood vessels, reducing the space through which blood and oxygen must flow. Intervention is often necessary to restore healthy blood flow and reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other adverse events.

The discipline of vascular surgery has evolved dramatically in recent years. Today, patients with conditions such as peripheral arterial disease (PAD), which occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries of the legs and less commonly the arms, carotid artery disease, when plaque develops in the arteries of the neck, and abdominal aortic aneurysm, an enlarged, weakened area of an artery that is susceptible to rupture, have the option of undergoing traditional open surgery or a less invasive endovascular ("within the blood vessel") procedure. The endovascular approach typically requires only a small incision, as surgeons insert tiny medical instruments, balloons, and stents to complete complex procedures. Many endovascular procedures offer comparable results to surgery in addition to less pain, scarring and recovery time, as well as decreased risk of infection and complication.

At Saint Joseph's, we understand that both techniques are safe and effective and that their suitability depends entirely on the individual patient. We will consider all options in partnership with you and your family before arriving at a treatment decision. Because we perform both surgery and endovascular techniques with superb results, there is never a bias toward one method over another.

Best-in-Class Care

Treating PAD is one of Saint Joseph's Heart and Vascular Institute's specialties. We have vast experience in this area and are often able to reverse the condition and heal its side effects, including persistent sores and pain with walking (claudication). We offer minimally invasive, endovascular treatments such as angioplasty and stenting, where a balloon and a metal-mesh tube called a stent are inserted to clear and prop open the artery, and more traditional treatments like endarterectomy, where plaque deposits are removed, and surgical bypass, where a piece of artery from another part of the body is used to bypass the blocked area.

If effective treatment is not completed in a timely manner, PAD can lead to irreversible damage and amputation. We understand how frightening this can be, and are here to give you hope. Many of our patients come to us after receiving failed treatment elsewhere and we are often able to save limbs before amputation is necessary.

We treat carotid artery disease in a similar way, offering a variety of minimally invasive and traditional therapeutic options. Our most common procedure is carotid endarterectomy, but our surgeons are skilled in all types of treatment including stenting, and will work with you to map out the best plan for your situation, without bias toward either procedure.

Saint Joseph's also has extensive experience treating venous disease, including varicose and spider veins. We are your source for effective, trustworthy care in a state-of-the-art facility. Your advanced treatment options include sclerotherapy, where medication is injected into the affected vein, and radiofrequency ablation and laser, where heat energy is used to destroy diseased tissue. For more information, please visit our Vein Center website.

Vascular diseases can lead to events such as abdominal aortic aneurysm. Smaller aneurysms may only require monitoring, but if they grow, intervention is generally advised, as dangerous side effects such as internal bleeding may result. We perform more abdominal aortic aneurysm repairs than any other hospital in the region. We also have expertise in the management of heart attack and stroke and a whole range of other cardiovascular events.

Individualized Approach. Tailored Treatments.

At Saint Joseph's Heart and Vascular Institute, our approach is highly individualized. Our goal is to provide an accurate diagnosis using a combination of imaging and sampling tools, as well as tailored treatment recommendations based on your unique history, risk factors, and preferences. We believe that the emotional and spiritual aspects of healing are just as important as the physical ones, and we offer you and your family patient advocacy services, counseling, and access to our chaplains.

Our seven board-certified surgeons, all of whom have been with us for more than a decade, are experts in both arterial and venous therapies and focus exclusively on vascular disease. They are highly skilled in endovascular and surgical techniques and will work with you to decide on the most appropriate treatment plan. Whenever possible, our surgeons will recommend minimally invasive treatment to shorten your procedure and recovery time and to minimize risk. Our surgeons are available to answer any and all questions you may have, and they are supported by a team of dedicated medical professionals -- including our talented staff of nurses -- who are always there to assist you in any way possible. We work closely with specialists and referring physicians in other departments to provide care in a seamless manner and to ensure the best possible outcome.

In addition to our clinical expertise, we are passionate about advancing the field of vascular surgery and staying at the forefront of discovery and innovation. At any given time, we are generally involved in several research projects. These projects give our patients the opportunity to try modern therapies they may not have had access to otherwise. Click here to learn more about research and clinical trials at Saint Joseph's Heart and Vascular Institute.

Referrals

If you have further questions or would like to discuss a referral, please call us at 678-843-5400 or fax 678-843-5449

Contact Us

Saint Joseph’s Vascular Surgery Practice
5673 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite 675
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone:(678) 843-5400
Fax: (678) 843-5449

Outpatient Vascular Laboratory
5673 Peachtree Dunwoody Road suite 650
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone:(678) 843-5480
Fax: (678) 843-5499

Saint Joseph’s Vein Center
5673 Peachtree Dunwoody Road suite 625
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone:(678) 843-5450
Fax: (678) 843-5479