Endovascular surgery uses minimally-invasive techniques to treat many cardiovascular issues without the need for large incisions. Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons of Ventura County is a leading provider of endovascular surgery for patients in and around Oxnard, Ventura County, CA, providing state-of-the-art care for optimal outcomes and improved cardiovascular health.
Endovascular surgery is a minimally-invasive approach that avoids the need for large incisions in the abdomen or chest. Instead, special surgical instruments are inserted through small incisions made directly into the blood vessels. By eliminating the need for large incisions, endovascular surgery decreases the risks of surgical complications and is associated with shorter hospital stays, lower hospital costs, and faster recovery.
Endovascular surgery can be used to treat different problems, including atherosclerosis, peripheral vascular occlusions, chronic venous diseases, vessel trauma or defects, atrial fibrillation, and aneurysms.
Depending on the type of surgery being performed, endovascular surgery may be performed using a local anesthetic and sedation or general anesthesia. The incisions sites are carefully cleaned and shaven, and small incisions are made directly into the vessel. Then, a guided wire is inserted into the vessel and gradually advanced to the treatment site using a special imaging machine to ensure it reaches the proper destination. Next, a catheter is inserted over the guide wire. The catheter is used to insert and control instruments as well as to apply grafts to damaged portions of the vessel, including aneurysms and arteries that have become blocked by a build-up of plaque. Once the procedure is complete, the instruments and catheter are removed, and the incisions are closed and covered with a bandage.
Endovascular surgery typically is associated with less discomfort during recovery and shorter recovery times compared with traditional surgeries using large incisions. Patients will be required to spend a day or two in the hospital for observation during the initial stages of recovery, and activity will be limited while the incision site heals. To avoid placing pressure on the incision site, patients will not be able to drive for several days following their procedure. Baths will also need to be avoided during this time to prevent infection. Most patients can resume normal activity about a month to six weeks after their procedure.
At Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons of Ventura County, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept.
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