http://www.ghs.org/providers/christopher-carstenAt the Vascular Health Alliance, patients have access to a wide variety of endovascular treatments and are typically discharged from the hospital in one or two days. Our team has the expertise to perform more types of endovascular procedures than any other practice in the region.
Vascular Health Alliance
At the Vascular Health Alliance, patients have access to a wide variety of endovascular treatments and are typically discharged from the hospital in one or two days. Our team has the expertise to perform more types of endovascular procedures than any other practice in the region.
New Service-GORE® EXCLUDER® Iliac Branch Endoprosthesis
Released in March 2016, the GORE® EXCLUDER® Iliac Branch Endoprosthesis is a revolutionary Endovascular treatment for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) which is a bulge in the aorta which could rupture with life-threatening results. This issue can be address through endovascular repair. This is less invasive than open surgery, it involves excluding (sealing off) the aneurysm by placing an endovascular graft inside of the diseased aorta, making a new path for the blood to flow. The endovascular graft (GORE® EXCLUDER® AAA Endoprosthesis) remains inside the aorta permanently through the use of metal prongs, or anchors, as well as a tight fit (radial force) against the wall of the aorta. It is an implantable device
positioned by a delivery catheter. The endovascular graft is intended to exclude (seal off) the aneurysm by placing the endovascular graft inside the diseased aorta to make a new path for the blood to flow.
GHS has had very successful results from this procedure. If you or a family member have been diagnosed with an AAA, you should choose GHS for your endovascular treatement. We have a long standing tradition of providing superior health care and advanced technology in every aspect of vascular care.
Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty (PTA)
Commonly known as balloon angioplasty, this procedure dilates a narrow artery using an inflatable balloon-tipped catheter.
These stents are inserted into diseased or narrow arteries to slowly release anti-proliferation drugs, preventing future blockage. Used in conjunction with PTA, these stents offer a viable option for continual treatment as the drug is released.
Endovascular Stent Grafts
These specially designed tubes are primarily used for abdominal aortic aneurysm repair and are made of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), a synthetic polymer, supported by the metal mesh of the stent.
This treatment uses a clot-dissolving injection to break up blockage, most commonly connected with ischemic stroke.
This procedure removes plaque from the inner lining of the arteries using a laser, rotational or directional catheter. Balloon angioplasty or stents may follow if needed.
The Vascular Health Alliance is equipped to treat a full range of vascular patients, even those whose non-critical condition might not warrant a surgical procedure. Our specialists will prescribe a drug regimen, then closely monitor a patient’s progress until he or she is ready for surgical treatment. Instead of choosing from a short list of procedures that may not be appropriate for a patient’s specific condition at the time, our team acts with every patient’s best interests in mind. Our complete offering of services, from cardiovascular risk reduction to our on-site diagnostic imaging, gives patients access to the exact level of care they require and ensures that future surgical procedures will be more targeted and effective.
When patients do require more traditional “open” surgery, our experienced team of surgeons, nurses, assistants, and staff uses the highest quality equipment and the very latest vascular procedures to treat a full spectrum of conditions including complex aneurysm repairs, artery reconstructions and bypass for peripheral vascular disease. Our physicians are backed by the resources, technology and facilities of Greenville Health System. Every patient at the Vascular Health Alliance benefits from this commitment from start to finish, with greater accessibility to a complete range of services and support from the Upstate’s premier consortium of medical professionals.
For more information call (864) 454-VASC (8272).