Gwinnett Medical Center offers new vascular procedures

The Strickland Heart Center at Gwinnett Medical Center-Lawrenceville (GMC) recently announced the addition of two new vascular procedures —catheter assisted thrombolysis (EKOS) and endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR). The EKOS procedure treats patients with pulmonary embolisms, or clots in leg arteries. EVAR treats those with abdominal aortic aneurysms, an area that supplies blood to the body.


New to GMC, patients can receive complete peripheral vascular intervention treatment performed in cardiac catheterization laboratories by highly-trained vascular surgeons. Peripheral vascular interventions are medical specialties that treat peripheral artery diseases without surgically opening the arm or leg.


“Vascular surgeons aretrained to treat diseases of the vascular system; we treat blood vessels which are the roadways of the circulation system carrying oxygen-rich blood. And, while surgery is not always our primary form of treatment, it’s critical that our patients have a number of treatment options in their community at a facility they know and trust,”saysGMC- affiliated vascular surgeon Charles Moomey, MD.


EKOS is used to dissolve blood clots. During this procedure, the surgeon will insert the catheter into a vessel to reach the blockage site, while being guided by ultrasound x-rays. Clot-dissolving medication is delivered through the catheter over an extended period of time. Once the clot dissolves, the catheter is removed.


EVAR is a minimally invasive procedure used to repair an aneurysm by inserting a stent-graft inside the aorta. During this procedure, the stent is inserted in a collapsed position and placed at the aneurysm site, using x-ray images for guidance. While in place, the stent-graft will expand and attach to the wall of the aorta. Eventually, the aneurysm will shrink down into the stent-graft. The stent-graft will stay in place, post-surgery, to ensure that blood flow is excluded from the aneurysm.


The Strickland Heart Center offers board-certified cardiologists, electrophysiologists and surgeons, state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology labs and the latest in advanced surgical technology. Comprehensive cardiovascular services include open-heart surgery, pacemaker implantation, ablation, structural heart and a full range of cardiac diagnostic and interventional services.


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