Vascular Services

Treating a full spectrum of vascular diseases with expertise and advanced technology

vascularIf left undetected or untreated, vascular disease can have serious consequences. That’s why we’re committed to providing our patients with the full spectrum of vascular services. From screenings to medical management, minimally invasive endovascular treatments to surgery, we offer the most advanced vascular care in the region.

Vascular diseases include a wide range of conditions affecting the arteries and veins, which can lead to problems with circulation. Learn more about the venous system.

We were one of the first academic centers in the country to develop a formal specialty in endovascular surgery, using catheters (thin, flexible tubes that can maneuver through blood vessels) to perform procedures or deliver medications. And we continue to be nationally recognized as leaders in this evolving field. Many of our physicians were recognized as Best Doctors in America by Cincy Magazine and as Top Doctors in Cincinnati by Cincinnati Magazine. Our physicians are leading the way for new innovations through exceptional patient care and research.

Everything we know. For you.

  • We offer a full range of minimally invasive and standard procedures for various vascular issues, including abnormal enlargement of arteries in the chest and abdomen, repairs of previous aortic surgery and bypass procedures to bring blood flow around blocked arteries in the leg.
  • We were first in Cincinnati to offers special venous expertise in arteriovenous malformations, central venous stenosis, thoracic outlet syndrome, superior vena cava obstruction and pelvic congestion syndrome.
  • Our vascular interventions are some of the most advanced in the region, including robotic-assisted vascular surgery  and endovascular treatments for ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms, thoracic aneurysms and lower extremity vascular occlusions.
  • Our noninvasive vascular lab is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for Vascular Testing.
  • We are the only vascular program in Cincinnati that requires all of our physicians to be credentialed as Registered Physicians in Vascular Interpretation by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Kenneth’s story: Hiking the Appalachian Trail after an abdominal aortic aneurysm

In 1965, Kenneth Bordwell started what would become a lifelong quest to hike the entire Appalachian Trail, a 2,180-mile trek through the wilderness of 14 states, stretching from Georgia to Maine. At age 67, and just about 100 miles shy of his goal, he thought his dreams were dashed. He was diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), a life-threatening weakness in the wall of the aorta, the body’s primary source of blood flow.

“I had heard aortic aneurysms but didn’t know much about them,” said Bordwell, a former smoker.  “I certainly never expected to have one, but soon learned I was right there in that high-risk category.” At the time of the diagnosis, doctors considered Bordwell’s AAA stable, so they put him on medical monitoring. In late 2011, when his AAA expanded to a tennis ball-sized bulge, the team from the Institute decided the risk of rupture was greater than the risk of surgery. They decided to repair the aneurysm.

Vascular surgeon Joseph Giglia, MD, recommended a minimally invasive surgical procedure to install a stent that would create a new path for blood flow, reducing pressure to the bulge and the risk of rupture. The repair is done through two small incisions in the groin.

Bordwell went home a day after his surgery. Less than a year later, he hiked the last 98 miles of the Appalachian Trail. “Dr. Giglia made it possible for me to finish the Trail, and I’m thankful for that,” said Bordwell. “I encourage all men over age 60 to get their AAA screening–it could save your life.”



For more information about Vascular Services, please call 513-558-3700.