Comprehensive Care for Vascular Health
The Vascular Institute of Chicago at Weiss Memorial Hospital combines the community setting and lakefront location of Weiss with vascular experts from the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Unlike many community hospitals, Weiss provides a multidisciplinary approach to treating peripheral vascular arterial disease with the help of one of the finest academic medical centers in the world.
The vascular surgeons here are experienced specialists in their field. Their integrated approach to treatment means that surgery is not always the best option for each patient. Their diagnoses and treatment options take into account the patient’s current overall health and history.
Therapies are offered for the following:
Advanced Diagnostics, Innovative Treatments
The vascular surgeons at Weiss, with decades of experience and leadership in the latest research, employ and develop conventional operative techniques, minimally invasive procedures and non-operative techniques for vascular therapy. They lead their field in minimally invasive, catheter-based interventions—such as angioplasty, stenting, atherectomy and stent grafting for peripheral arterial disease—which result in shorter hospital stays, faster recoveries, less pain, less scarring and less tissue injury.
For some patients, non-operative therapy is the best option. We meet the needs of those patients through our Noninvasive Vascular Laboratory. This innovative lab uses duplex ultrasonography to visualize and quantify plaque formation and arterial narrowing. Information from these exams enhances our ability to make accurate diagnoses and treatment plans for patients. A highly experienced team runs the lab, which is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories.
Stroke is the third most common cause of death in the United States. Unfortunately, many people might be at risk for strokes or transient ischemic attacks (TIA) but do not experience symptoms. We offer a preventive carotid ultrasound that may identify a patient’s risk before any damage is done. A duplex of these vessels can detect the presence and degree of plaque in the extracranial carotid arteries—the leading cause of strokes. Our specialists also can assess a patient’s risk for stroke through a variety of additional tests and imaging procedures.
During a stroke, serious symptoms signal the need for immediate medical attention:
- Weakness, numbness or tingling of an arm or a leg unilaterally
- Vision problems
- Slurred speech or the inability to speak clearly
- Difficulty swallowing
- Facial droop
- Sudden falls or loss of balance
- Sudden severe headache
Vein Clinic at Weiss Memorial Hospital
The Vascular Institute of Chicago at Weiss works closely with the Vein Clinic, also located at Weiss. Common disorders treated include varicose veins treated by radiofrequency ablation; telangiectasias and reticular veins; deep vein thrombosis; and the treatment of complications from chronic venous insufficiency, including venous stasis ulcers and chronic swelling.
Our physicians, nurse specialists and ultrasound technologists work closely to provide innovative treatment options, whether for medical or aesthetic reasons. They are skilled in sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy, ligation and stripping, and radiofrequency ablation (VNUS Closure). The program’s accredited diagnostic services include ultrasound and color flow duplex, which quickly and painlessly determines the cause of the patient’s vein condition, enabling our specialists to begin treatment earlier than ever before.
Cooperative and Community-based Treatments
The success of our vascular program relies heavily on a team of multidisciplinary specialists. This group meets frequently to share expertise in determining the best treatment option available for each patient. Our patients benefit from a medical staff that is committed to seeing them lead healthy, active lives outside the hospital, and our vascular surgeons have a dedication to their patients that extends beyond the operating room and clinics.
In 2010, we incorporated the cardiovascular screening program DARE to C.A.R.E. into our community offerings. The program originated in Annapolis, Maryland, and consists of informative presentations on various types of cardiovascular disease, their causes, risks and the latest treatment options. We provide educational materials, blood pressure checks, noninvasive ultrasound exams of the carotid arteries and abdominal aorta, and evaluations of leg circulation. Our specialists are also available for consultations, with the ultimate goal of keeping our patient population healthy.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our vascular specialists, please call (800) 503-1234.