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Vascular Surgery

Vascular Surgery

Vascular surgery is the field of medicine pertaining to conditions of the circulatory system outside of the heart and the way that oxygen-rich blood is pumped around the body, including the arteries and veins (blood vessels). The body needs this oxygen to function properly, and when blood vessels or their valves are blocked, weakened or damaged, vascular disease may result.

Vascular disease can occur at any age, affecting men and women equally, but is more common among older patients. Lifestyle conditions, including smoking, diet, sedentary lifestyle and stress, as well as hereditary conditions, diabetes and hypertension are just a few of the risk factors that can lead to vascular disease.

Our vascular physicians diagnose, treat and help patients manage a wide range of peripheral vascular conditions and venous diseases, utilizing both non-invasive as well as traditional surgical methods.

Common Vascular Conditions We Treat:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Aneurysms
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Blood clots
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Leg and foot ulcers
  • Mesenteric Artery Disease / Mesenteric Insufficiency
  • Occlusion
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Renal artery disease
  • Strokes
  • Venous diseases


An aneurysm is when an artery wall weakens, causing it to abnormally widen and bulge. An aneurysm can form in any blood vessel, but occur most often in the aorta. One of the most common types is an abdominal aortic aneurysm. If left untreated, the aneurysm will grow and increases a person’s risk for atherosclerotic plaque, a clot (thrombus), or rupture.

More than 200,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed each year with an abdominal aortic aneurysm.*

Carotid Arteries

Carotid arteries are located on each side of the neck and are essential to carrying blood supply to the front of the brain. Over time these arteries may become blocked from a buildup of plaque. Factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, tobacco use and high blood pressure are common causes of this plaque.

When the arteries are blocked, it can affect brain function and may lead to stroke. Symptoms for carotid arteries include slurred speech, weakness of arm and/or leg and blindness in one eye. Often there are no advanced warning signs. A diagnosis can typically be made through ultrasound examination of the carotid arteries or an angiogram.

Leg & Foot Ulcers

Leg and foot ulcers are wounds, or open sores, that do not heal properly and often reoccur. Leg and foot ulcers are commonly caused by poor circulation in the lower extremities (veins or arteries not working properly).

The ulcers can present swelling, burning or itching, and/or skin discoloration. However, since they do not always cause pain, some people may overlook them as a concern. Proper treatment of leg and foot ulcers is necessary to prevent infection and prevent the wound from spreading.

Common conservative treatments for leg and foot ulcers include elevating the leg to relieve swelling and wearing compression bandages or stockings to lessen the pressure of leg veins around the ankle. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to increase blood flow to the lower extremities.

How to Diagnose Vascular Disease

Symptoms for vascular disease are varied and are dependent on the severity of the condition as well as where in the body the condition is present.

If you have been referred to a vascular doctor, our highly trained specialists are here to help. We’ll begin with a consultation, physical examination and discuss your symptoms. Then diagnostic tests may be necessary for a complete diagnosis. We provide a wide range of advanced diagnostic and screening techniques such as vascular ultrasound, non-invasive flow studies, blood tests, CT scans and angiographies.

Your vascular physician will help you understand your diagnosis and develop a treatment plan for your specific needs.

Treatment for Vascular Disease

Conservative methods, including lifestyle changes and medication, may be used to help treat vascular disease as well as manage symptoms.

For some patients, surgery may be necessary to treat the disease as well as manage complications. Some of the surgical procedures our vascular physicians perform include less invasive endovascular procedures as well as complex vascular treatments, including endovascular repair, carotid artery surgery for stroke prevention, arterial bypass, angioplasty and stenting for peripheral vascular disease. Your surgeon will discuss with you the best treatment for your individual needs.

Our vascular surgeons are committed to the highest quality and most comprehensive care for patients suffering from vascular disease. Vascular surgeons are the only specialty that can provide the entire spectrum of vascular care including balloon angioplasty, stents, removal of plaque directly and open bypass on any artery or vein. In addition, as surgeons they are experts in managing complications that may occasionally occur, including managing complications that are created by other specialists, such as clotting or bleeding vessels.

For questions or to schedule an appointment with one of our vascular physicians, please call 316-263-0296, or toll-free 800-362-3130

*Source: Society for Vascular Surgery.

Our Physicians

  • Steven A. Hutchinson, MD, FACS
    • Restoration of Leg Circulation
    • Carotid Surgery & Stenting
    • Endovascular Aneurysm Repair
    • Limb Salvage
    • Endovascular Stents / Stent Grafts
    • Renal Artery Stenosis
  • Jason D. Woolard, MD, FACS
    • Carotid Surgery & Stenting
    • Aneurysms & Endovascular Stent Grafts
    • Limb Salvage
    • Endovascular Stents
    • Renal Artery Stenosis
    • Dialysis Access
    • Venous Disorders
    • Endovenous Laser Ablation for Varicose Veins
    • Surgery for Varicose Veins
    • Vascular Medicine
    • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Chad P. Ammar, MD, FACS
    • Vascular Surgery
    • Carotid Surgery & Stenting
    • Abdominal & Thoracic Aneurysms
    • Endovascular Aortic Stent Grafts
    • Limb Salvage
    • Balloon Angioplasty & Stenting
    • Dialysis Access