Floyd Memorial’s Vascular Program Offers Southern Indiana Residents Expanded Care

September 16, 2011

Vascular Surgeons are Bringing New Innovations to Floyd Memorial

The care of patients with vascular disorders is evolving rapidly, and the Floyd Memorial Heart and Vascular Center is proud to offer some of the region’s best and brightest vascular surgeons in Southern Indiana. From a pioneer in the field who has not only trained other vascular surgeons, but also has been serving our patients for nearly 40 years, to a new alignment with a group of physicians who are working on cutting edge procedures and therapies that will become the cornerstones for treatment in the future, Floyd Memorial is the right choice for vascular care.

A Vision for the Best Outcomes Possible

Charles Ross
“The opportunity to merge our state-of-the-art vascular and endovascular surgical practice with the excellent cardiovascular program at Floyd Memorial is truly exceptional. Our team brings knowledge and expertise in the latest established treatment options for patients suffering from vascular disease as well as access to therapeutic measures that are yet in development. Combining our efforts with the excellent resources already available at Floyd Memorial Hospital including the accredited vascular laboratory, new cardiac catheterization lab, award-winning Wound Healing Center, and an exceptional medical and nursing staff, we look forward to offering our patients the best possible vascular care without the inconvenience of city traffic.”

Charles B. Ross, MD

Board Certified Vascular Surgeon
University Surgical Associates, PSC
Chief of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapeutics
U of L School of Medicine
Amit Dwivedi
“We’re looking forward to bringing new vascular therapy surgery procedures and techniques to patients at Floyd Memorial. As practicing professors and surgeons, we have access to some of the newest and most revolutionary techniques in our field. Floyd Memorial’s partnership with our team means that Southern Indiana patients will no longer have to go to Louisville for access to that level of care. It will be right here in their backyard.”

Amit Dwivedi, MD

Board Certified Vascular Surgeon
University Surgical Associates, PSC
Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapeutics
U of L School of Medicine
Marvin Morris
“Since one of my chief interests is wound care and limb salvage, I’m particularly looking forward to providing revascularization procedures for patients in Floyd Memorial’s Wound Healing Center. The treatments we can offer those patients not only save limbs, but also restore lives. When a person’s limb is saved after they were told it was beyond repair, it truly does change their life.”

Marvin E. Morris, MD

Board Eligible Vascular Surgeon
University Surgical Associates, PSC
Instructor of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapeutics
U of L School of Medicine
Waheed Ahmed
“I’ve practiced vascular surgery at Floyd Memorial for over 38 years, so it’s safe to say that I’ve had the privilege to do and see it all over the years. I’ve seen this specialty come such a long way and could not be more proud of the program we’ve established. It has set the standard for vascular care in this area.”

Waheed Ahmed, MD

Board Certified Surgeon
Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center of Kentuckiana
Clinical Professor of Surgery
U of L School of Medicine

In the words of Charles Ross, MD, board certified vascular surgeon and chief of vascular and endovascular surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, “Our vision for Floyd Memorial’s vascular program is to provide individualized care for every patient that achieves the best outcome possible. We are working to build a program that delivers the right operation at the right time for the right patient. Right here in Southern Indiana.”

What is Vascular Surgery?

Simply put, vascular surgery refers to operations performed on blood vessels. The blood vessels can be arteries or veins, and located anywhere in the body. Vascular surgery is performed to open up or bypass diseased arteries or bypass diseased arteries with new blood vessels. It is also performed to access arteries or blood vessels for procedures such as dialysis.

What Conditions Do Vascular Surgeons Treat?

The vascular surgeons at Floyd Memorial’s Heart and Vascular Center are experts in treating diseases of the circulatory system. Common conditions they treat include:

Artery Screenings

Venous Disease is a catch-all term for a collection of conditions associated with the veins. As the heart beats, it pumps blood through a system of blood vessels, called the circulatory system, which is made up of arteries and veins. While arteries carry oxygen-rich blood away from the heart, veins carry oxygen-poor blood back to the heart. Veins are flexible, hollow tubes with flaps inside called valves that open and shut to keep blood flowing in one direction through the veins. If these valves become damaged as a result of venous disease, they may not close completely, allowing blood to leak backward or flow in both directions.

Peripheral Arterial Disease, also known as PAD, becomes more common as we age. It is classified by a narrowing of the peripheral arteries, usually of the pelvis and legs, and is caused primarily by a build up of plaque in the walls of the arteries. Plaque is made up of deposits of fats, cholesterol and other substances and can grow large enough to significantly reduce the blood flow through an artery. When a plaque formation becomes brittle or inflamed, it may rupture, triggering a blood clot to form. A clot may either further narrow the artery, or completely block it.

Peripheral Arterial Aneurysms affect the arteries in the body other than the aorta. Most peripheral aneurysms occur in the popliteal artery, which runs down the back of the lower thigh and knee. Less commonly, peripheral aneurysms also develop in the femoral artery in the groin, carotid artery in the neck, or sometimes the arteries of the arms. Another type of peripheral aneurysm that forms in the arteries feeding the kidneys or the bowel is called a visceral aneurysm. If you have a peripheral aneurysm in one area, you are more likely to have additional aneurysms in other areas, including a greater chance of aortic aneurysm.

Thoracic & Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm is a condition that occurs when a weakened area of the thoracic or abdominal aorta expands or bulges. The aorta is the largest artery in the circulatory system, carrying blood away from the heart to all parts of the body. The portion of the aorta that runs through the chest cavity is called the thoracic aorta, while the portion running through the abdomen is known as the abdominal aorta. Approximately 25 percent of aortic aneurysms occur in the thoracic aorta (TAA), while 75 percent occur in the abdominal aorta (AAA).

Thoracic & Abdominal Aortic Aneuryrsm

Carotid Artery Disease is a deteriorating of the blood vessels that supply blood to the brain. Known as the carotid arteries, these vessels are located on each side of the neck under the jawline. Carotid artery disease is a condition in which these arteries become narrowed or blocked. Untreated carotid artery disease may result in stroke, a condition in which an obstruction in the blood vessel blocks flow to the part of the brain, known as ischemic stroke.

Venous Access allows for delivery of medication directly into the bloodstream without repeatedly puncturing the blood vessels. It also allows for fluid supply, drawing blood, and giving blood transfusions. In venous access, a long, thin tube, called a catheter, acts as an entryway into the vein. Patients in need of regular injections of medicine over a long period of time typically receive venous access in order to protect their veins.

Dialysis Access is used for filtering of the blood during hemodialysis for patients with insufficient kidney functioning. In dialysis access, the surgeon will determine one of three methods by which to filter the blood as the kidneys would normally filter it if they were healthy. These include an intravenous catheter, an arteriovenous (AV) fistula and a synthetic graft. The type of access is influenced by factors such as the expected course of treatment and the condition of the patient’s veins.

What Types of Treatment Options Are Available?

Our expert team of physicians offers a full range of non-surgical and surgical treatment options to best meet the needs of the patient. They even offer the latest in endovascular, also known as minimally invasive surgery.

Types of Endovascular Therapy include:

  • Stenting
  • Cryoplasty
  • Angioplasty
  • Atherectomy
  • Thrombolysis

Improve Your Circulation

Follow these helpful tips to keep your vascular health in tip-top shape

  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco. Smoking is probably the most important risk factor for peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
  • Eat a diet low in cholesterol and saturated fat to reduce your risk of atherosclerosis. This is the process of plaque buildup in your arteries. The plaque slows or stops blood flow to and from your blood vessels.
  • Start a walking program to improve the circulation to your legs and promote growth of new blood vessels.
  • Lose weight if you are overweight. For every pound of fat, your heart needs to pump blood through an extra mile’s worth of blood vessels.
  • Watch your blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure (hypertension), you are at an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure or kidney damage.
  • If you have diabetes, work to keep your blood glucose in good control. People with diabetes are at greater risk because of the damage that diabetes can do to blood vessels.

Are you at risk for Vascular Disease?