Vascular surgery

Risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes facilitate atherosclerosis and the weakening of the arteries. In many cases, vascular surgery can help to prevent severe complications of vascular disease, including reduced blood flow to the brain and limbs.

What is vascular surgery?

Vascular surgery is often used to treat narrowed arteries - this may involve the surgical removal of hardened deposits, or bypass grafting, to divert blood flow around an occluded vessel. 
One highly specialized vascular surgery procedure - aortic aneurysm repair - is used in patients whose aorta has dilated and is at risk of rupture, and involves the use of vascular prostheses to repair or replace affected sections.

What conditions can be treated using vascular surgery?

The conditions frequently treated using vascular surgery include:

How can vascular surgery help?

In a large proportion of cases, the patient's vascular disease is caused by fatty deposits building up on the arterial walls (atherosclerosis), accompanied by a gradual weakening of the arteries. This process is facilitated by risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes, as well as abnormalities in lipid metabolism. Atherosclerosis is characterized by the narrowing (stenosis) of blood vessels and, while it can develop anywhere in the body, the condition has a tendency to develop at specific sites.

Stenosis of the coronary arteries, for instance, can lead to coronary heart disease , and patients with this condition often require bypass surgery. Other sites often affected by stenosis include the carotid arteries, the renal arteries, and the arteries of the pelvis and lower limbs. In addition, enlarged areas of the aorta known as aortic aneurysms  are also more likely to develop in patients with atherosclerosis and weakening of the vessel walls.

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    Johannes Albes
    Head of Department of Cardiac Surgery at Brandenburg Heart Center

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    Immanuel Hospital Bernau Brandenburg Heart Center
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