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Vascular Diseases We Treat

The Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Heart & Vascular Center provides surgical and nonsurgical treatment for all types of vascular problems. You have access to timely care, from routine issues like spider veins to life- and limb-threatening concerns. 

Vascular Diseases We Treat With Surgery

Our vascular surgeons diagnose and treat conditions affecting the blood vessels and lymphatic system, the network of lymph nodes that is part of the body’s immune system. In many cases, medical treatments or lifestyle changes resolve vascular disease

For cases that need surgical intervention, our team offers a complete array of minimally invasive and open procedures (those that require larger incisions) to bring you relief. We deliver many treatments as endovascular procedures, using catheters (tiny tubes) inside your veins. Learn about your surgical options.

Vascular conditions we treat surgically include: 

Arterial and venous disease

Arterial diseases affect the health and function of your arteries, the vessels that carry blood from your heart to the rest of your body. Venous disease affects your veins, the vessels that return blood to your heart.

We treat diseases of the arteries and veins, including: 

Blood clots and clotting disorders

Blood clots can affect blood flow, resulting in pain, circulation problems and wound-healing issues. In severe cases, clots can lead to heart attack, stroke or tissue death in your arms and legs. 

Our vascular team uses minimally invasive endovascular techniques and open surgery to treat blood clots and blockages that cause:


An aneurysm is a weakness in a blood vessel that may bulge or rupture. Aneurysms are  dangerous because they can cause blood clots or bleeding. We offer leading care for all types of aneurysms, including:

  • abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • peripheral aneurysm
  • thoracic aortic aneurysm

Thoracic outlet syndrome

Our team offers some of the nation’s leading expertise in thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS). Our specialists deliver care at the leading edge of endovascular revascularization, as well as open surgery. We treat all three types of TOS:

  • arterial TOS
  • neurogenic TOS
  • venous TOS

Renal replacement therapy

People living with kidney failure often need dialysis as a long-term solution or to support their health while awaiting a kidney transplant. Our vascular surgeons provide all types of renal replacement therapy access.

Other vascular diseases

As national leaders, we treat every vascular disease, including those not listed here. Our vascular surgeons treat:

  • aortic dissection
  • atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of arteries)
  • lymphedema (swelling due to fluid buildup)
  • vascular infections
  • vascular trauma
  • vasculitis

Contact Us

To make an appointment with a Washington University vascular specialist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, call 314-273-7373.