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Vascular Surgery

vascular systemThe surgeons of the Vascular Center at UAMS are all fellowship-trained vascular surgeons and certified by the American Board of Surgery. This means that we are trained to use the most up-to-date approaches to manage diseases of the body’s blood vessels, using a tailored approach to each case. This is because we use both minimally-invasive endovascular approaches, as well as open (traditional) vascular surgery. This allows us to customize the management of a patient’s condition to select the best possible outcome for each individual case.

We use a wide range of approaches in treating patients with all forms of vascular disease, and tailor the approach to each patient by weighing the risks and benefits in a custom-designed manner. In addition to offering a full range of state-of-the-art surgical and diagnostic services, we also lead the State of Arkansas with cutting edge medical and innovative therapies in clinical research. The vascular surgery team at the University of Arkansas is actively enrolling patients in multinational trials to help discover new treatment options, have access to technology and experience that is not available in any other hospital in the State. Our surgeons write, edit and review the medical literature that paves the road to advances in vascular surgery. Our team has over 42 years of combined experience in vascular surgery (between only 5 surgeons), including complex vascular reconstructions using femoral vein, management of traumatic aortic injuries, pediatric vascular surgery, vertebral artery disease, carbon dioxide imaging for endovascular aortic procedures (no contrast dye) for patients with renal failure, treatment for renal artery and mesenteric arteries and the management of infected aortic disease, to name only a few.

We also have the Arkansas’ only vascular surgery fellowship training program since 1985, and was one of the Nation’s first vascular surgery residencies, starting in 2009.

In March 2014, the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Vascular Surgery division partnered with Baptist Health Hospital in Little Rock to cover vascular surgery procedures, and thus provided another site for its growing resident and fellowship training in vascular surgery. The all-Board Certified UAMS vascular surgery group now has a clinic at Baptist Health Hospital, while also providing 24/7 coverage for vascular emergencies and consults.

We accept referrals for consultation/second opinion and ongoing management, and would be happy to help treat patients with the “straight forward”, as well as complex vascular conditions.

Procedures:

Minimally-Invasive Techniques

  • Aortic stent graft for abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Management of thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms and dissections
  • Angioplasty and stenting for peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Atherectomy for peripheral artery disease
  • Objective evaluations for renal artery stent placement for renal (kidney) artery disease
  • Evaluations for carotid artery stenting
  • Mesenteric artery angioplasty and stenting for intestinal artery disease when indicated
  • Radio frequency (RF) ablation for varicose veins
  • Sclerotherapy for small varicocities

Conventional (Open) Surgical Procedures

  • Aneurysm repair (thoracic and abdominal)
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Peripheral arterial bypass
  • Mesenteric, celiac and renal artery bypass
  • Varicose vein treatment

Vascular Surgery Specialists:

Medical and Support Staff:

  • Jennifer High, RN Vascular Surgery Nursing
  • Ginnie Hullihan, RN Vascular Surgery Nursing
  • Rhonda D Hart, RVT Vascular Lab Director
  • Sandra Brock, RN Research Coordinator
  • Jackie Pennington, ThD Executive Assistant