Our Program

The USC Center for Vascular Care at Keck Medicine of USC specializes in comprehensive care of vascular disease through preventive services, diagnostic expertise and the latest in minimally invasive endovascular and traditional surgical techniques. The center treats patients with vascular disorders using innovative approaches that rely on noninvasive vascular imaging and endovascular technology, in addition to traditional surgical therapies.

The center’s specialists also address less common diseases such as arteritis (an inflammation of arteries), acute traumatic vascular injuries, chronic arterial injuries and entrapment syndromes (thoracic outlet syndrome, TOS). Experienced in treating individuals with venous disease, center specialists offer a less-scarring, partial varicose vein removal as well as venous closure which is a minimally invasive vein-closing procedure for patients with varicose veins.

In addition to endovascular and traditional surgical treatment, the USC Center for Vascular Care physicians provide medical intervention, particularly in the control of risk factors for arterial disease, such as high cholesterol; and the prevention and treatment of deep venous thrombosis (DVT).

Our Approach

From preventive screenings to advanced vascular technology and some of the latest surgical techniques, the center offers patients an individually tailored approach to care in which multiple options are considered.

Our dedicated surgeons, nurses and research fellows give all patients the opportunity to participate in research trials along with clinical care in a multidisciplinary approach.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Leg pain and lower extremity arterial disease
  • Hypertension and renal artery disease
  • Minimally invasive and endovascular therapies
  • Stroke and carotid artery disease
  • Varicose veins and venous disease
  • Vascular access
  • In addition to surgical treatment, the USC Center for Vascular Care physicians provide medical intervention, particularly for such conditions as deep venous thrombosis.

By referring patients to other Keck Medicine of USC medical specialists such as diabetologists, neurologists, hematologists and cardiologists, and our wound care center, our vascular team helps patients reduce the risks of vascular disease before a medical condition becomes life or limb threatening.

Conditions

Arterio-Venous Malformation (AVM)
An arterio-venous malformation (AVM) is usually caused by abnormal development of blood vessels in the lung. An AVM is an abnormal connection between an artery and vein in the lungs.

Carotid Artery Disease
The USC Center for Vascular Care is a leader in the evaluation and treatment of carotid artery disease, which is one of the foremost causes of stroke. Early diagnosis, lifestyle changes, medical management and surgical management, when indicated, can drastically reduce the risk of a stroke.

Peripheral Arterial Disease and Critical Limb Ischemia
Critical limb ischemia (CLI) is limb pain that occurs at rest. Severely compromised blood flow threatens the vitality of the limb. CLI, a severe form of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), is a major cause of death and disability.

Treatments and Services

Treatment Options
The field of vascular surgery is at a crossroads. In the last four decades, vascular surgeons have accumulated substantial experience using traditional open surgical techniques. Recently, however, innovative approaches that rely on non-invasive vascular imaging and minimally invasive (“endovascular”) technology have provided surgeons and patients with new treatment options.

Using their broad surgical experience as well as diagnostic information obtained with non-invasive and invasive testing, USC Center for Vascular Care specialists select the appropriate treatment approach for each patient.

While vascular surgeons most commonly treat carotid, renal artery, lower extremity disease as well as aortic aneurysms, the center’s specialists also address less common diseases, such as:

  • Arteritis (an inflammation of arteries, not to be confused with arthritis)
  • Acute traumatic vascular injuries
  • Chronic arterial injuries and entrapment syndromes

Open Surgery
The center’s surgeons possess advanced expertise in traditional, open vascular operations. Over the years, they have refined open surgical procedures to treat cerebrovascular, aortic, renal artery and upper and lower extremity vascular diseases.

Endovascular Surgery
USC Center for Vascular Care specialists are well trained in minimally invasive endovascular procedures – repairing blood vessels from within. For example, the center physicians now use a minimally invasive approach through small groin incisions to repair abdominal aortic aneurysms. A specially designed graft is guided up through a blood vessel in a patient’s leg into the aneurysm where it is placed to restore blood flow to the aorta.

Performed through a small puncture wound, endovascular surgery has met with favorable patient acceptance because the procedure allows for a smaller incision, use of local instead of general anesthesia and faster recuperation time. Hospital stays are brief and patients may leave the following day.

Preventive Services
In addition to surgical treatment, USC Center for Vascular Care physicians provide medical intervention, particularly in such conditions as deep venous thrombosis.

By referring patients to other USC medical specialists such as neurologists, hematologists and cardiologists, our vascular team helps patients reduce the risks of vascular disease before a medical condition becomes life- or limb-threatening.

Vascular Screenings
Vascular disease is often silent – until a catastrophic event, such as stroke or aneurysm rupture occurs. Prevention and early detection can therefore mean the difference between life and death.

Accredited by ICAVL (Intersocietal Commission of Accredited Vascular Laboratories), the Keck Hospital of USC Noninvasive Vascular Laboratory boasts both a team of highly skilled registered vascular specialists and the sophisticated ultrasound equipment that enables non-invasive screening and diagnosis of vascular conditions.

The Laboratory’s Vascular Screening Program offers a variety of non-invasive screenings for brain attack (stroke), atherosclerosis, hypertension and abdominal, as well as brain, aneurysms to help prevent the development of vascular disease before it requires major medical intervention. These screenings are particularly recommended for people with high-risk factors for vascular disease such as heredity, smoking, fat-and cholesterol-rich diet, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Our Physicians

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Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena
USC Healthcare Center 2
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

Specializing In

Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Vascular Medicine

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Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 2

Specializing In

Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology

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LAC+USC Medical Center
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USC Healthcare Center 2
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LAC+USC Medical Center
USC Healthcare Center 2
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Keck Hospital of USC
Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena
USC Healthcare Center 2
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Practicing Locations

Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena
USC Healthcare Center 2

Specializing In

Cardiovascular Disease

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USC Healthcare Center 2
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Keck Hospital of USC
Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena
LAC+USC Medical Center
USC Healthcare Center 2
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 2

Specializing In

Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 2
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Practicing Locations

Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena
LAC+USC Medical Center
USC Healthcare Center 2
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital