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Vascular Surgeons at West Penn Hospital - Forbes Regional Campus Bring Advanced Treatment for Abdominal Aneurysms to Eastern Suburbs

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Vascular surgeons at West Penn Hospital – Forbes Campus are now performing advanced endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR), a newer, much less invasive procedure than conventional open surgery for abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm is a dangerous condition that often shows few or no symptoms. The walls of the aorta balloon or widen and can rupture, often with fatal results. Men over the age of 60 are most at risk for an aortic aneurysm. Approximately 15,000 people in the US die each year from aortic aneurysm ruptures

With EVAR, surgeons repair abdominal aortic aneurysms by placing a stent in the aorta near the aneurysm, similar to how a stent is used to open a blocked coronary artery. Just two small incisions are made in the groin, and a synthetic graft and stent is fed through the femoral arteries, then positioned in the defective part of the aorta, allowing blood to pass through and relieving the pressure from the aortic wall.

Before EVAR, aortic aneurysms were treated by open surgical repair, a major operation requiring a large abdominal incision. EVAR affords suitable candidates a less invasive option that also significantly reduces the rate of complications.

“Endovascular aneurysm repair has been a monumental breakthrough in the treatment of this potentially fatal disease,” said Satish C. Muluk, MD, Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery, West Penn Allegheny Health System. “Patients recover quickly and experience minimal pain compared to invasive surgery.”

“Forbes has one of the most advanced community hospital cardiovascular surgical facilities in western Pennsylvania and we are excited to now offer this treatment in a setting close to home for our patients in the eastern suburbs,” Dr. Muluk said.

In 2008, Forbes opened the Ed Dardanell Heart & Vascular Center, bringing the latest in cardiovascular care to Pittsburgh’s eastern suburbs. The Dardanell Center features the latest equipment and technology, including two cardiovascular operating rooms, two cardiac catheterization labs with coronary and peripheral vascular capabilities and an eight-bed Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit.

Vascular surgeon Carlos Rosales, MD, has joined the Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute of West Penn Allegheny Health System and will be performing EVAR at Forbes.

Dr. Rosales specializes in open and endovascular surgery, peripheral artery disease, carotid disease and venous disease as well as abdominal aortic repair. He was trained in EVAR at the University of Cincinnati, where he completed a fellowship in vascular surgery.

In addition to Forbes, he will be performing surgery at West Penn Hospital and Alle-Kiski Medical Center.

Dr. Rosales earned his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He served a residency in general surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch.



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