Our multidisciplinary surgical team provides world-class, compassionate care to patients through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
Our blood vessels are part of a complex system. They help us to do ordinary things we may take for granted. From pain-free walking to calling a friend, our ability to move, think, and function well depends on our arteries, veins, and circulation working well, too. From our index finger to our toes, every part of our body requires moving, oxygen-rich blood flow to function. 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.
At the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, our highly skilled board certified and fellowship trained vascular surgeons perform a wide range of complex and endovascular procedures to treat all types of vascular diseases and conditions that involve healthy blood circulation using state-of-the-art technologies. The team provides comprehensive care – from urgent treatment of blocked blood flow to long-term treatment plans that address all your health needs, working closely with other specialties, ranging from cardiac surgery, cardiology, to interventional radiology and rehabilitation experts.
Our vascular experts step in to find and treat the cause of symptoms or help patients before silent threats become serious. They focus on arteries and veins in almost every part of the body except the heart and brain. They assess and address poor blood flow and improve your overall health and quality of life. From varicose veins to aortic aneurysms, our vascular surgeons have extensive experience and surgical expertise to prevent complications and keep patients well and healthy.
- Region’s premier fenestrated endovascular aneurysm program, which provides minimally invasive treatment of juxtarenal and paravisceral aortic aneurysms
- First in West Virginia to fix a thoracic aortic aneurysm using the Relay PRO implant.
- Recognized as a Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) 3 Star Program by the Society for Vascular Surgery, participating in 10 registries.
- Region’s preferred Trans Carotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) program for the treatment of carotid stenosis.
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. 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.
- Carotid stenting
- Carotid endarterectomy
- Endovascular aorta treatment – Thoracic (TEVAR)
- Endovascular aorta treatment – Abdominal (EVAR)
- Fenestrated endovascular repair of Juxtarenal Aneurysms (F-EVAR)
- Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) – Limb Salvage
- Peripheral arterial disease (PAD): This condition is a slow, progressive circulation disorder that affects your 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.
- Traumatic vascular injury
- Trans Carotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR)
- 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.
Treatments and Services
We offer a full range of preventive, medical, and surgical solutions for vascular and related conditions. Our 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
Our vascular 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.
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.
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.
The future of exceptional care right now. Our state-of-the-art surgical and care facility.
Many complex vascular surgeries are now minimally invasive. These less invasive procedures spare surrounding tissue. That helps you feel better and get well sooner. Most procedures are done at our main campus located in Morgantown.
At our main campus, our vascular surgeons and other specialists offer highly skilled and collaborative care in the innovative, 10-story Heart and Vascular Institute tower. Here, you and your family can get more done in one visit, from tests and imaging to seeing other care providers.
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.
Our teams operate in elegantly engineered hybrid surgical suites – the future of exceptional care. These environments enable a team of surgeons, 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.
Luke Marone, MD, Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, explains the program’s comprehensive approach to care, and how this vision combines with cutting-edge therapies to benefit patients.
Our surgeons perform the first fully robotic aortic valve replacement in the northeastern United States.
Get peace-of-mind. We welcome second opinion appointments to review cases and proposed treatment plans.
The experts at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute conduct ongoing heart and vascular clinical trials and research studies.
Academics & Fellowship Programs
Learn more about the WVU School of Medicine Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.
Our Vascular Surgery Faculty
Dean Wickel, MD
Vascular Surgeon, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute
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Through partnerships and affiliations with local hospitals and clinics, we bring access to complete comprehensive care for patients across West Virginia, and into surrounding regions, including Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and beyond.