Vascular Surgical Care
Northwest heart and Lung Surgical Associates is a team of experienced surgeons which has been nationally recognized for excellence. The following vascular surgical procedures are performed at our Spokane location.
Our team of vascular surgeons treats:
- Carotid stenosis
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Thoracic aneurysm
- Peripheral vascular disease (PVD)
Our team of vascular surgeons performs procedures including:
- Carotid endarterectomy
- Numerous re-vascularization surgeries
- Endostent (endovascular stent graph)
Learn more about Endostent
An Endostent (endovascular stent graft) is a tube composed of fabric supported by a metal mesh called a stent. It can be used for a variety of conditions involving the blood vessels, but most commonly is used to reinforce a weak spot in an artery called an aneurysm. Physicians typically use endovascular stent grafting to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs), but they also use it to treat thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAAs).
To perform endovascular procedures, vascular surgeons use special technologies and instruments. These procedures require only a small incision or puncture in an artery or vein. Through these punctures, a vascular surgeon inserts long thin tubes, called catheters, which carry the devices through your blood vessels to the location of the aneurysm. They can then be placed to re-align and strengthen your artery.
Generally, endovascular treatments allow you to leave the hospital sooner and recover more quickly, with less pain and a lower risk of complications, and sometimes a lower risk of death, than traditional surgery because the incisions are smaller.