Friday, October 14, 2011

Leading the endovascular revolution


INNOVATION AT WORK:Standing, from left, vascular surgeons Cambria, Virendra Patel, MD,
Glenn M. LaMuraglia, MD
, and Christopher
J. Kwolek, MD; R. Todd Lancaster, MD,
vascular fellow; and Bruce Laramee, RN,
staff nurse. Seated at center is Rae Allain,
MD, anesthesiologist


For the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, which is a part of the Vascular Center at MGH, these are exciting times. Experts in the field currently describe the fact that many open vascular surgeries have been replaced with minimally invasive endovascular surgeries or combined with traditional open surgeries as an “endovascular revolution.” This revolution has helped decrease surgical morbidity and speed recovery from vascular procedures.  

The first endovascular aortic aneurysm repair in New England was performed at the MGH in 1994 by David Charles Brewster, MD. Today, the division is leading in aneurysm surgeries in the Northeast both in terms of overall volume of aortic aneurysms completed and as a referral center for complex abdominal and thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysms.  

Approximately six years after Brewster’s pioneering surgery, the division became the first group in the region to have a component of vascular surgeons fully trained in endovascular procedures. In 2003, MGH vascular surgeons opened the first endovascular operating room in the region. Now, the endovascular program is further strengthened with the opening of the Lunder Building.

“The opening of the endovascular operating rooms in the Lunder Building marks a gratifying final step in the major change that has occurred in the practice of vascular surgery over the past two decades,” says Richard Cambria, MD, chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. “The facility represents the completion of that evolution now with the state-of-the-art imaging equipment, a full staff of X-ray technicians to facilitate the work and round-the-clock availability of a total endovascular team.” 

Read more articles from the 10/14/11 Hotline issue.

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