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Our Endovascular Repair Program

VIR is a group of six Interventional Radiologists practicing in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.

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Our physicians have special board certification in vascular diagnosis as well as endovascular repair and treatment procedures from the American Board of Radiology. In 1986, our physicians placed the first self-expanding wall stent in a human in Illinois. In addition, our physicians pioneered treatment of thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms in the western suburbs of Chicago by making devices for endovascular stent graft repair of aneurysms prior to the advent of FDA approved devices.

The doctors of VIR performed the first endovascular repair procedures at La Grange Hospital, Hinsdale Hospital, Bolingbrook Medical Center, Glen Oaks Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital. Our physicians have participated in over 800 abdominal aortic stent graft procedures. Our technical success, blood loss, length of hospital stay, and mortality statistics are exceptional when compared with institutions in our area, and with national data.

The comparison below shows data from one of our hospitals and data from a multi-center university hospital trial.

  Our Data Medtronic Aneurex Trial Data
Mortality 0% 1.9%
Estimated blood loss 200cc 641cc
Average length of stay 48 hours 48 hours
Freedom from rupture 100% 97%
Freedom from conversion to open surgery 98% 90%
Technical success of stent graft procedure 100% 98%

Stent Graft Repair Patients

Our patients are evaluated in our outpatient clinic by an Interventional Radiologist skilled in minimally invasive aortic aneurysm stent graft repair. Imaging exams, such as CT scans, ultrasounds or MRI’s are carefully reviewed prior to any endovascular repair. If a patient’s AAA isn’t large enough to warrant intervention with a stent graft, they will go into an imaging surveillance program, and we will monitor them at six month intervals.

There are many other minimally invasive procedures that we perform.

Radiology imaging is reviewed, and all risks and benefits of possible repair are discussed with the patient. A plan is formulated and all questions are answered regarding this alternative treatment for an aortic aneurysm. Consultation with your doctor and any other relevant specialist is obtained.

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All endovascular repair procedures are performed with the participation of our skilled vascular surgery colleagues.

Contact us for information on endovascular repair, or call us directly at our office in Chicago, Illinois at (630) 856-7460.

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