Your blood vessels are part of a complex system. They help you to do ordinary things you may take for granted. From pain-free walking to calling a friend, your ability to move, think, and function well depends on your veins, arteries, and circulation working well, too. From your index finger to your toes, every part of your body requires moving, oxygen-rich blood flow to function.
Our highly skilled team specializes in conditions that involve healthy blood circulation. Together, we focus on veins and arteries in almost every part of your body except your heart and brain.
WVU Medicine vascular surgeons step in to find and treat the cause of symptoms or help you before silent threats become serious. Unchecked vascular conditions can lead to blocked arteries, unhealed wounds, ulcers, dying tissue, limb loss, or life-threatening emergencies, such as stroke or heart attack.
Our experts help to prevent complications and keep you well and healthy. We’ll assess and address poor blood flow and improve your overall health and quality of life.
Centralized care and expertise
At WVU Medicine, our vascular surgeons and other specialists offer highly skilled and collaborative care. Exceptional teams work together in the innovative, 10-story WVU Heart and Vascular Institute tower. WVU vascular doctors also see patients in convenient inpatient and outpatient locations near you.
We provide comprehensive care – from urgent treatment of blocked blood flow to long-term treatment plans that address all your health needs. The vascular team works closely with other specialties, ranging from cardiology to interventional radiology to rehabilitation experts. Our teams focus on your overall health to help you get and stay well.
Vascular conditions are the leading cause of limb loss. This is tragically common in West Virginia. It is due in part to conditions such as diabetes, obesity, kidney disease, and lifestyle habits such as smoking.
Our vascular experts work with the Center for Limb Preservation – a distinguished WVU Medicine center of excellence. Learn more about this important center, including risk factors and how you can prevent limb loss.
One center for heart and vascular care
The uniquely designed Heart and Vascular Institute tower integrates cardiovascular and related specialties with high-level technology, teamwork, and care. Our facilities include sophisticated procedure rooms, 10 operating rooms, clinics, offices, and patient rooms – from ICU to step-down units and other levels of medical-surgical care – in one location.
Here, you and your family can get more done in one visit, from tests and imaging to seeing other care providers. We’ll work with your doctor and coordinate your care at every step.
Doctors operate in elegantly engineered hybrid surgical suites – the future of exceptional care. These environments enable a team of surgeons, interventional radiologists, nurses, anesthesiologists, and technicians to work seamlessly together. Advanced imaging and other equipment allow us to perform a full range of procedures – from endovascular to open surgery – in one room.
Many complex vascular surgeries are now minimally invasive. These less invasive procedures spare surrounding tissue. That helps you feel better and get well sooner.
Conditions we treat
Our focus is to keep blood vessels healthy and blood circulating. We also work with other WVU Heart and Vascular Institute Centers of Excellence to diagnose and treat a full range of cardiovascular and other conditions.
We’ll work as a team to address pain and restore your ability to walk or regain lost functions. With severe cases – such as traumatic injuries, gangrene, or other advanced disease and tissue damage – we’ll do all we can to preserve the limb. We work closely with WVU Medicine nephrologists (kidney), diabetes educators, WVU Medicine’s Comprehensive Wound Care Center, and other specialists as needed throughout your care.
Conditions we treat include:
- Aortoiliac occlusive disease. This is a blocked aorta – your body’s main blood vessel – or blockage in the iliac arteries, which supply blood to your legs and pelvic organs.
- Abdominal aortic and other aneurysm. This and other types of aneurysm involve a bulging, weak spot in any blood vessel of your body, which could rupture.
- Traumatic injuries. Automotive accidents, severe burns, military wounds, frostbite, or other traumas can cause vascular infection, injuries and limb loss.
- Atherosclerosis. This disease involves plaque buildup that restricts or blocks blood flow in your arteries.
- Carotid (brain) arterial disease. This condition narrows blood vessels that carry blood and oxygen to your brain. We work with other WVU Heart and Vascular Institute Centers of Excellence to treat this, as well as coronary (heart) arterial disease.
- Peripheral arterial disease. This condition is a slow, progressive circulation disorder that affects your brain, legs, and feet.
- Pulmonary (lung) embolism (PE). A blood clot that develops in a blood vessel in the leg or other part of your body can travel to a lung artery and abruptly block blood flow.
- Renovascular hypertension. High blood pressure can be caused by narrowing of the arteries that carry blood to the kidneys.
- Varicose veins. Enlarged, twisted veins can develop throughout your body and often in your legs. They can become heavy and painful.
- Wounds. An open sore, incision or wound that won’t heal can be a severe health risk, leading to life-threatening infection. Wounds can involve ulcers, pressure sores, injuries, trauma, vascular disease, diabetes, circulation problems, burns, or other causes.
- Deep vein thrombosis. This is a blood clot that blocks a vein.
Services and treatments
We offer a full range of preventive, medical, and surgical solutions for vascular and related conditions. WVU Medicine vascular experts provide timely diagnosis and treatment, and inpatient and outpatient care. Services range from evaluation to medical and surgical therapies, and rehabilitation.
Treatment is determined by evidence-based, best therapy guidelines tailored to your needs. Care may include basic or advanced, minimally invasive endovascular therapies, including:
- Arterial plaque removal
- Balloon angioplasty – a procedure that widens blood vessels with a balloon-tipped catheter
- Dialysis Access and Renal (Kidney) Care. This may include fistula, graft, or catheter placement; HeRO (hemodialysis reliable outflow) device placement; and percutaneous fistula and graft repair.
- Stenting – insertion of narrow tubes that provide structural blood-vessel support
- Atherectomy – surgeons trim blockages within an artery using a tiny device attached to a slim, tube-like catheter
- Trans-tibial (below the knee) and pedal (foot and arch circulation) interventions
WVU Medicine surgeons also perform open bypass vascular procedures when indicated. This procedure uses a graft to redirect blood flow. We also treat people with kidney disease, including creating and maintaining blood vessel access for dialysis.
Our surgeons are academic leaders who assist in training the next generation of surgeons to serve West Virginia citizens. We also partner with industry leaders to develop new technologies that improve vascular care. Many of our doctors participate in FDA-sponsored clinical trials. Eligible patients can choose to participate in testing leading-edge therapies.
We go the extra mile to educate patients, doctors, and communities about how to prevent vascular problems, including limb loss. Our locations throughout this region keep valuable care accessible, especially to those in remote or rural locations. Steps like these help everyone to identify and treat problems sooner for longer, happier, and healthier lives.
Your care team includes vascular surgeons, cardiologists, radiologists, specialized nurses, healthcare technology professionals, and others with high-level expertise. We work closely across disciplines to tailor care to your needs. Meet our team.