Vascular Surgery

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A Growing Destination for Louisville Vascular Care

Patients from Louisville and Southern Indiana make more than 6,000 appointments a year at Norton Vascular Surgery, where they get treatment of diseases and disorders of the veins and arteries.

Our five board-certified and fellowship trained vascular surgeons have the experience, expertise and easy access you’d expect from Louisville’s healthcare leader.

Our specialists provide comprehensive vascular care. Because the vascular system affects the entire body, they collaborate closely with other specialists throughout Norton Healthcare to provide treatment.

Our board-certified vascular surgeons have the skill and sophisticated tools to make a precise diagnosis that will guide a customized treatment plan tailored to your condition and needs.

Expertise That Combines Experience With Leading Edge Techniques

Our vascular surgeons confront vascular diseases using surgical and minimally invasive methods. Using sophisticated diagnostic tools, they’ll detect and monitor your condition and use their expertise to know when surgery isn’t required and when it is.

Our vascular surgeons will only order the tests needed to pinpoint the cause of your condition and use the information to tailor a treatment plan for you and your treatment goals. Norton Audubon Hospital, Norton Brownsboro Hospital, two Norton Cardiovascular Diagnostic Centers, Norton Hospital and Norton Women’s &  Children’s Hospital are all accredited in vascular diagnosticsby the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.

Our vascular surgery team partners with skilled nursing and surgical support staff in state-of-the-art facilities at Norton Audubon Hospital, Norton Hospital, Norton Brownsboro Hospital and Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital. Our vascular surgeons use medical, surgical, endovascular and hybrid procedures.

Many times medication can manage vascular disease. If surgery is necessary, however, our surgeons are expert practitioners of minimally invasive endovascular surgery.

For some patients diagnosed with a potentially fatal abdominal aortic aneurysm, our vascular surgeons are pioneering a minimally invasive technique for treating the condition that can shorten recovery time. Using a catheter, one of our specialists will thread a wire through an artery to reach the aneurysm and install a sleeve to isolate the aneurysm from blood flow and avoid further pressure that could lead to rupture. This sleeve also allows continued unimpeded blood flow below the level of the aneurysm.

Without the sleeve, the aneurysm could burst, causing massive internal bleeding and possibly death.

Some patients still may need conventional surgery, but for those who can take advantage of this minimally invasive approach, the pain is less and recovery is faster. Patients typically spend one night in the hospital, and after a day or two are feeling fine.

Patients who receive this advanced treatment will need regular follow-up care and continued monitoring.

Our physicians are also skilled at implanting carotid stents — another treatment for reducing stroke risk. By implanting a stent in the carotid artery, surgeons reduce the risk of future stroke and avoid a more invasive open procedure, which cuts down on recovery time.

Carotid stents  particularly are important for radiation patients and patients who cannot tolerate a more invasive open procedure.

Vascular Surgery

Heart and Vascular Care for the Whole Person

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute offers patient resources to support you and your family, including free classes for people of all ages who are seeking to improve cardiovascular health or living with a heart condition.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Our cardiac rehabilitation providers are leaders in developing and applying innovative techniques that can help you recover and resume your life.

Connecting Hearts Support Group

The group provides education and support to individuals who have had a heart attack, are living with a heart condition or are at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Heart Health Screenings

Prevention is the best way to manage heart disease, and screenings are available to detect early signs of cardiac and vascular disease and identify risk factors.

About Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

Every year, more than 137,000 people in Louisville and Southern Indiana choose Norton Heart & Vascular Institute specialists for their heart and vascular care. That’s more than any other health care provider.

  • Norton Healthcare’s adult-service hospitals in Louisville all have received Chest Pain Center accreditation from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). This is the seventh consecutive accreditation for all four hospitals, which ensures quality for the treatment of heart attack.
  • Norton Audubon Hospital, Norton Brownsboro Hospital and Norton Hospital all are recognized as having ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI accreditation.
  • Norton Healthcare has the most facilities across the city of Louisville with the ability treat a life-threatening heart attack.
  • You have access to more than 100 physicians and advanced practice providers with specialized training and experience in a comprehensive range of conditions and treatments.
  • Patients can make appointments at 28 locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Telecardiology is offered at more than 30 sites in the region.
  • Norton Audubon Hospital, a key location for Norton Heart & Vascular Institute services, has been recognized with a HeartCare Center National Distinction of Excellence year after year by the American College of Cardiology. This is the only hospital in Louisville to be recognized for this distinction.
  • U.S. News & World Report 2023-24 Best Hospitals ranked Norton Healthcare’s adult-service hospitals in Louisville as high performing in heart attack, heart failure, aortic valve surgery and heart bypass surgery.
  • Norton Audubon Hospital earned ventricular assist device (VAD) accreditation from DNV – Healthcare and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
  • Communicate with your health care provider, renew prescriptions, get lab results and more through your free Norton MyChart account.

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