Your veins and arteries do important work, delivering blood throughout your body. At University of Missouri Health Care, we are committed to providing you with the best vascular care, using the latest techniques to keep your blood vessels healthy and help you feel better.

Our nationally renowned vascular surgeons have the skills and expertise you need when facing vascular diseases, and they deliver comprehensive care using minimally invasive treatments tailored to your condition.

We can help you with a wide range of vascular conditions and services, including:

  • Thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Aortic dissection
  • Cerebrovascular and carotid disease
  • Dialysis access
  • Mesenteric or visceral ischemia (poor blood flow to the intestines)
  • Peripheral vascular disease 
  • Varicose and spider veins 

Vascular Surgery group

Advanced vascular care

As providers at an academic health center, MU Health Care physicians are researchers who stay up-to-date on the latest treatments. As one of our patients, you have access to the latest medicines, clinical trials and procedures to improve your vascular health. Our expert surgeons also teach the next generation of vascular surgeons through residency and fellowship training.

Our vascular surgery team performs procedures in an advanced hybrid operating room. Our surgical suites can function as both minimally invasive catheterization labs and traditional operating rooms for open surgeries, giving you all the care you need in one place. 

We offer comprehensive treatments, including:

  • Open or traditional vascular surgery
  • Minimally invasive endovascular surgery
  • Non-invasive or diagnostic testing

Our vascular surgeons use tools that can lower your exposure to radiation. Though vascular surgeries commonly require the use of X-rays to see veins and arteries, our doctors use specialized Ocelot catheters. These thin catheters have tiny lighted cameras on the end, reducing the need for X-rays. Ocelot catheters also allow our physicians to use a small drill to remove dangerous large blockages called chronic total occlusions. By using these advanced tools, we help more patients achieve greater outcomes with fewer risks compared to traditional surgery.

During vascular surgery, our surgeons repair your blood vessels to restore blood flow. Depending on your condition, the vessels may be cleared of plaque build-up, widened to allow more blood flow, held open by a stent, closed off from blood flow or even removed. The ultimate goal with each surgery is to promote healthy blood flow using the most minimally invasive procedure possible.