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Vascular (Blood Vessel) Surgery

Traditional vascular surgery

Mercyhealth’s highly specialized vascular surgeons perform the entire range of reconstructive vascular procedures to relieve the effects of blocked blood vessels. They also treat aneurysms of the aorta and other blood vessels, and perform bypasses, endarterectomies, vein stripping, and vascular access procedures for hemodialysis. Skin grafting and other wound care are also services provided by the vascular team.

The team’s goal is to consistently give patients the highest quality care and services using state-of-the-art technology. They are also committed to teaching patients about their disease and to showing them how to make lifestyle changes that will enhance their overall health.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair is a procedure used to treat an aneurysm (abnormal enlargement) of the abdominal aorta. Repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm may be performed surgically through an open incision or in a minimally invasive procedure called endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR).


This is an operation to remove or bypass the fatty deposits, or blockage, in an artery narrowed by the buildup of fatty tissue. By doing this, normal blood flow is restored to the part of the body supplied by the artery.

Vein stripping

When a vein is diseased from ankle to groin, surgical removal, called vein stripping, is needed. Eliminating a vein poses no long-term problem, since there are many others that can take over for those that are removed. During the operation, the vascular surgeon makes small incisions in the upper thigh and the area over the varicose vein. An instrument called a stripper is inserted through the incision in the thigh and tunneled to the incision over the vein. The vein is then pulled out, and the incisions are closed with thread.

Quick Facts About Vein Disease

If you or someone you know suspects the possibility of having vein disease because of leg and ankle swelling, discoloration, poor wound healing, etc., here are several important things you need to know:

  • Nearly 25 percent of the population in the United States has some form of vein disease. By age 50, this number increases to 50 percent of all women and 35 percent of all men (with varicose veins, not necessarily spider veins).
  • Vein disease is primarily hereditary— accounting for about 80 percent of all incidence. If one parent has it, the likelihood of offspring having it as well is 40 percent. If both parents have it, the likelihood climbs to 90 percent.
  • Vein disease is not primarily a function of aging. It can occur in teenagers, although not typically visibly.
  • Vein disease exacerbates and complicates many other medical conditions such as recovery from lower extremity surgery, general wound healing, congestive heart failure, hemorrhoids, and more.
  • Vein procedures are minimally invasive and last under an hour, so you can return to work and/or daily activities the same day.
  • Vein disease, like arterial insufficiency, or dental caries, only gets worse without treatment.

To learn more information and how Mercyhealth Vein Clinic might be able to help you, please call (815) 971- 2840.

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