Vascular vs. Endovascular Surgery
Vascular surgery consists of procedures or techniques to correct blood vessels outside the heart and brain that may be narrowed, blocked or dilated. It's the open-surgical treatment of diseases of the carotid, aortic, mesenteric, renal or peripheral arteries. These techniques require surgery to correct the problems, often under general anesthesia.
An alternative to traditional open surgery, endovascular surgery is an innovative, less-invasive procedure that offers advantages such as small incisions, shorter hospital stays, less pain and a quicker return to normal activities. However, endovascular surgery is not always feasible for all patients, so be sure to discuss this with your physician.
Chris Lesar, MD