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Why Choose Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for Vascular Surgery?

Our surgeons treat disorders of the vascular system with an excellent success rate and great attention to patient comfort and satisfaction.

At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, we perform vascular surgery using the da Vinci Si platform, the most advanced commercially available robotic surgery tool in the world. The surgeon retains complete control of the operating environment, augmenting the best of human expertise with cutting-edge technological enhancement.

Vascular conditions affect veins and arteries. For instance, atherosclerosis is a common condition, which affects the whole body and it could affect arteries in any part of the body. Vascular conditions are totally manageable, especially if the patient sees the doctor in an early phase. The patient should seek their doctors' advice for treatment or how to change their behavior. 

Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure for treatment of a narrow blood vessel or a blockage of an artery or a vein.

A similar procedure could be performed in case of coronary artery disease for revascularization of cardiac tissuein this case it could be performed also as an emergency treatment to open a blocked coronary artery and minimize the damaged heart tissues.

Serious risks are not common, but as for any surgical procedure, risks may occur in rare cases:

  • Artery trauma during the operation
  • Blood clot formation
  • Bleeding
  • Rare, heart attack
  • Abrupt vessel occlusion
  • Infection
  • Stroke may also happen when the angioplasty is performed in the carotid artery

The following steps are performed in case of angioplasty:

  • A balloon is guided by the surgeon to the site of the blockage
  • Then the balloon is inflated with water, forcing the blood vessel to open
  • When the balloon is withdrawn, the surgeon may or may not insert a stent, or tube, to hold the vessel open.

This procedure is performed laparoscopically. That means that rather than opening the abdomen and observing directly, the surgeon performs the procedure with the aid of a small camera, inserted into the body through a tiny incision and connected to a monitor.

The main advantage of this approach is that it causes less trauma to the body, which means patients normally heal more quickly and with fewer complications.

With da Vinci robot-assisted surgery, this minimally invasive approach has evolved. Even the best-trained doctor's hand cannot be perfectly steady, and even the sharpest eye can't magnify to the level of detail that a sophisticated video system is capable of.

The da Vinci platform allows the doctor to control the surgical instruments via a highly sensitive and precise control panel that corrects for minute irregularities in the operator's movements. This means that trauma to the body is kept to a strict minimum, allowing for the fastest possible recovery and the best chance at a complication-free procedure.

When a patient develops a problem with the arteries or veins, vascular surgery may be needed. One of the most common vascular operations is angioplasty, a treatment for narrowed or blocked arteries, which often occur as a result of heart disease.

Angioplasty might be recommended in case of

  • Peripheral artery diseasewhich affects legs or arms
  • Carotid artery stenosis
  • Renal vascular hypertensionhigh blood pressure caused by diseased kidney arteries
  • Vessel narrowing in any part of the body

The angioplasty is

  • Minimally invasive
  • Low risk intervention
  • Performed under local anesthesia, so the stay in hospital is reduced and the patient may soon return to daily activity

Frequently Asked Questions About Vascular Surgery

After the vascular surgery procedure, it is important to resume a reasonable amount of activity as soon as possible. Physical therapy can also help you better manage your pain levels and regain function.

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The medications you will have to take after your vascular surgery is decided based on your general health condition and usually, patients take the same drugs as they did before the surgery. Your surgeon will provide precise instructions in this regard.

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