Osler Patients Receive new Advanced Life-Saving Vascular Care

A new hybrid-surgery gives patients access to faster, safer and more innovative care close to home for people suffering with diseases that affect the body's blood circulation.

Osler surgeons Dr. Varun Kapila, Chief of Vascular Surgery and Dr. David Kelton, BCH Site Chief of Diagnostic Imaging, performed the first hybrid-surgery to remove a blockage in a patient’s arteries last October.

During the surgery, patients undergo two separate procedures, one right after the other in the same operating room. Dr. Kapila and his team surgically remove blockages in the arteries and veins, while Dr. Kelton and his team use diagnostic imaging to help place stents in the patient’s artery to help improve blood flow.

“The introduction of this surgery at Osler is an early first step toward the type of innovative vascular care we will provide patients with in the future,” said Dr. Kapila.

Before this new surgery, patients with blocked arteries and veins would have to undergo bypass surgery – a much more invasive and lengthy surgery with increased risks and side-effects. Patients were usually hospitalized for seven to ten days after their surgery, with two or more of those days being spent in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Through this new procedure patients can remain awake, incisions are not as large and recovery time is significantly improved.

Approximately one in 10 Canadian adults have peripheral vascular disease (narrow or blocked arteries) and in the Osler community the rate is much higher. If it remains untreated it could lead to a heart-attack, stroke, limb loss or even death.

To combat this epidemic, Osler has begun to develop a joint Vascular and Endovascular Centre of Excellence. The new program will give patients access to leading-edge, life-saving surgical procedures, as well as first-of-its-kind services to meet our community’s unique needs. Through the new program, high-risk patients will have access to more effective and safer surgical methods closer to home.

“This hybrid-surgery is a leading-edge technique used in the best vascular centres in the world and with elevated vascular disease rates in this community, it is great that we are able to offer such advanced care closer to home for our patients,” said Dr. Kapila.

The new Vascular and Endovascular Program will include the creation of an Amputation Prevention Program to proactively help patients who may develop a high-risk of losing their limbs due to vascular disease – a first at a Canadian hospital.

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