Vascular Surgery

Conemaugh Physician Group - Vascular Surgery
(814) 534-9194


Experienced Staff

While many individuals are familiar with heart disease, or the build-up of plaque and cholesterol in the vessels that carry blood to and from the heart, many are unaware that these types of blockages can occur in any of the blood vessels throughout the body, which is referred to as vascular disease.

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center's Vascular Surgery team offers over a century of combined experience of patient care. Conemaugh Physician Group - Vascular Surgery physicians have trained and practiced medicine across the United States, and offer comprehensive services to patients experiencing milkd to complex vascular conditions. 


Advanced Technology

Vascular surgeries are performed in Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s state-of-the-art Vascular Lab, specifically designed to handle complex vascular surgery. This dedicated vascular surgical suite is equipped with the latest technology, including image intensification and physiologic monitoring. Its technical capabilities allow Conemaugh surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures, endovascular procedures, and traditional surgeries.

If necessary, the suite can be converted to a traditional operating room during extensive, complicated endovascular surgeries. The ability to immediately convert to a regular surgical procedure is of paramount importance to patient safety. Conemaugh Memorial’s state-of-the-art surgical suites offer this assurance to every patient, without the risks associated with delays when transport is required to access a conventional surgical suite.

The Vascular Lab is accredited b y the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.


Procedures

  • Diagnostic angiography
  • Balloon angioplasty
  • Vascular stenting (renal, mesenteric, peripheral, carotid)
  • Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair (EVAR)
  • Open aortic aneurysm repair
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Peripheral artery by-pass
  • Dialysis fistula creation
  • Dialysis grafts
  • Hemodialysis Reliable Outflow Graft (HeRO)
  • Radiofrequency venous ablation
  • Venous phlebectomy
  • Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter insertion
  • Varicose Veins

Most Common Vascular Diseases

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
AAA is a "bulge" that develops in a weakened area within the largest artery in the abdomen. With each heartbeat, pressure is exerted, causing the aneurysm to enlarge. Eventually, the AAA can become so large that the wall often ruptures, which can be fatal.

Carotid Artery Disease (CAD)
CAD (stroke) occurs when the main blood vessels to the brain develop a build-up of plaque, depriving the brain of blood and oxygen, which can cause a stroke. Strokes are the third leading cause of death and leading cause of adult disability in the United States.

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
PAD is a build-up of plaque in the blood vessels that reduces or blocks the flow of blood and nutrients to the limbs. Initially, PAD may make walking or climbing steps difficult, but as PAD progresses, it can result in foot ulcers, infections, and even gangrene, which could require amputation. Patients with PAD are also three times more likely to die of heart attacks or strokes.


Treatment

Conemaugh Memorial's Vascular Lab offers advanced technology to provide additional treatment for various conditions, including:

  • Stroke
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Lymphedema
  • Kidney Disease Dialysis
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Vein Disorders (varicose veins)