Cleveland Clinic's Department of Vascular Surgery performs more than 5,000 procedures annually for patients with a broad spectrum of vascular diseases at multiple locations throughout Northeast Ohio. Our experts are national and international leaders in treating aneurysmal disease of the thoracic and abdominal aorta, occlusive disease in the cerebrovascular circulation via both open and endovascular methods and the provision of dialysis access and minimally invasive treatments for venous disease. Our staff provides dialysis access to allow those individuals with end-stage renal disease to begin treatment. Many patients are also treated for cerebrovascular disease to reduce the risk of stroke.
Much of our experience is in re-operative surgery for patients whose original operations have been performed elsewhere, and the department serves as a major referral center for these and other difficult cases throughout Ohio and the surrounding states of Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Acting in close cooperation with the Section of Vascular Medicine (within the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine), cardiologists and radiologists, the Department of Vascular Surgery provides comprehensive services for all types of peripheral vascular disorders, including the new technology of catheter-based intervention as well as traditional surgical treatment for aneurysms and obstructive arterial disease.
The Department of Vascular Surgery conducts one of the largest post-graduate training programs in vascular surgery in the United States, and our academic work has been published in scientific journals throughout the world. Although the enormous volume of our activity is the hallmark of the department, we are proud that our reputation has been established one patient at a time.
While nearly one-third of our services are currently performed to treat those with atherosclerosis, we also provide a significant number of patients with care for aneurysms of the abdominal and thoracic aortas, and in increasing numbers, for those with venous disease. Our staff also provides dialysis for individuals with end-stage renal disease. Many patients are also treated for cerebrovascular disease to reduce the risk of stroke.
Why Choose Cleveland Clinic For Your Care?
The Society for Vascular Surgery's Vascular Quality Initiative (SVS VQI) has awarded Cleveland Clinic three out of three stars for its active participation in the Registry Participation Program. The mission of the SVS VQI is to improve patient safety and the quality of vascular care delivery by providing web-based collection, aggregation and analysis of clinical data submitted in registry format for all patients undergoing specific vascular treatments. The VQI operates 14 vascular registries.
- For more information, visit the Vascular Quality Initiative.
What We Treat
Much of our experience is in re-operative surgery for patients whose original operations have been performed elsewhere, and the department serves as a major referral center for these and other difficult cases.
The Department of Vascular Surgery provides comprehensive services for patients with all types of peripheral vascular disorders, including the new technology of catheter-based intervention as well as traditional surgical treatments:
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Endovascular Grafting
- Abdominal Aneurysm Surgery - Traditional Open Surgery
- Adventitial Cystic Disease
- Atherosclerosis Atherectomy (for PAD)
- Atherosclerosis Endarterectomy (for PAD)
- Atherosclerosis Stenting for PAD
- Bypass Surgery for Atherosclerosis/PAD/PVD
- Bypass Surgery for Venous Disease
- Carotid Artery Aneurysm Surgery
- Carotid Body Tumor Surgery
- Carotid Endarterectomy
- Carotid Stenting
- Congenital Vascular Lesion Repair
- Endovascular Grafting for Aortic Aneurysm
- Endovascular Thermal Ablation
- Limb Salvage
- May Thurner Syndrome
- Popliteal Artery Entrapment Syndrome (PAES)
- Surgical Bypass for Visceral Ischemic Syndrome
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Treatment
- Thrombolysis for venous and arterial thrombus
- Vein Ligation and Stripping
- Vena Cava Filters
- Venous Aneurysm Repair
- Venous Angioplasty and Stenting
- Vertebral Artery Surgery
- Visceral Arterial Reconstruction
- Visceral Ischemic Endarterectomy
- Wound Care
Why choose Cleveland Clinic for your care?
Our outcomes speak for themselves.
Our vascular surgeons see patients at the following Cleveland Clinic locations:
Chagrin Falls Family Health Center
Cleveland Clinic main campus, F Building
Hillcrest Medical Office Building II
Independence Family Health Center
Marymount Medical Building
Medina Medical Office Building
Richard E. Jacobs Health Center, Avon
Strongsville Family Health & Surgery Center
Westlake Medical Campus Building A
West Valley Medical Building, Fairview Park
Willoughby Hills Family Health Center
Appointments: 800.807.2888 or 440.943.2500
Wooster Milltown Specialty and Surgery Center
You can also use our secure online form to submit an appointment request 24/7.
To refer a patient, please call toll-free 800.223.2273, ext. 49162
Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (EST)
Getting the Most out of Your Vascular Surgery Consultation at Cleveland Clinic
We want you to get the most out of your first visit with a vascular surgeon at The Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. We know your time is valuable, and we will try to keep your wait time as short as possible and be as efficient as we can during your appointment. You may need tests or a visit with another doctor to help us get a complete picture of your health, condition and the best plan of care for you.
Please bring a list of all questions and concerns you and your family have about your health, and your surgeon will talk to you about them during your visit.
Release of Medical Records
It is important that you send all medical records and images related to your vascular condition to your Cleveland Clinic surgeon before your appointment. This allows for a detailed review ahead of your appointment, and your surgeon can go over the information during your appointment. It also helps to shorten your appointment time and avoid repeat testing. If you cannot send your records or download your images, please bring them with you to your appointment.
A release form is available online, and your doctor or hospital can send the information we need to review.
It is best to bring the actual images (usually on a CD) from tests such as ultrasounds, CT scans and MRIs. Please make sure your doctor/hospital sends the actual images and not just the report.
You may need to have tests done while you are at Cleveland Clinic. Most of the vascular tests are done in the surgical department. We will do everything possible to schedule all the tests you need on the same day as your appointment. It is possible that you may need preauthorization from your insurance company, which can delay testing until the tests are approved.
If you have problems with your heart and/or lungs, you may need pulmonary function and/or a cardiac stress test after your visit with the vascular surgeon. The results of these tests will help your surgeon decide if surgery is a good treatment option for you.
Deciding on the Best Treatment
We will spend a lot of time getting information about you and your condition to make the correct diagnosis determine the best plan of care for you. There are many factors involved when surgery is the best treatment option. Your surgeon will talk to you about surgical options, including the approach (open, endovascular or combined). The discussion will also include information about your hospital stay and recovery, which may involve physical therapy to regain your strength.
If you have any questions, please ask! We are here to help you find the best treatment for your condition.
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