Our vascular service has a major emphasis on endovascular treatments for vascular diseases and this approach has largely replaced conventional open vascular surgery at UCLH. Endovascular surgery is minimally invasive, relatively safe and highly cost-effective. Recovery times and hospital stays are much shorter than after open surgery. The service has been strengthened by the creation of a multidisciplinary endovascular team (UCLH.MET), comprising internationally recognised vascular and cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional radiologists and neuro-radiologists under the leadership of Professor Peter Harris, Professor of Endovascular Surgery at UCL. The procedures are accommodated in a state-of-the-art 'hybrid' operating theatre. In addition to 'routine' procedures we are able to treat patients with highly complex aneurysms of the thoracic and abdominal aorta.
A new service is also offered for the treatment of patients with diabetic foot. The service emphasises minimally invasive endovascaulr techniques and works in close collaboration with the podiatry team and community nursing.
- Abdominal aortic aneurysms
- Acute and chronic aortic dissections
- Aneurysms of the aortic arch
- Carotid artery disease presenting with TIA, amaurosis fugax or stroke
- Congenital vascular malformations (arterial, venous, arteriovenous, lymphatic)
- Occlusive and aneurysmal disease of the visceral arteries (renal, mesenteric)
- Occlusive arterial disease of the limbs presenting with intermittent claudication, ischemic rest pain or tissue necrosis
- Pain or tissue necrosis
- Subclavian, femoral and popliteal aneurysms
- Thoracic aortic aneurysms
- Thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysms
- Varicose veins
- Diabetic foot
The vascular service treats around 80 patients with aortic aneurysms per year. In addition a further 600-700 patients per annum are treated across the full range of vascular procedures either as day case procedures or inpatients.
Waiting times for a new outpatient referrals are two weeks. Waiting times for inpatients are six weeks.
We have dedicated nurse specialists who oversee the patient treatment programme.
Varicose veins patients are referred directly back to their GP for follow-up care. Arterial patients receive a follow-up appointment with the vascular team and are subsequently referred back to their GP.