Vascular Surgery


Our Specialties

Endovascular Surgery

Endovascular Surgery at the University is an area of expertise for the faculty. These minimally invasive procedures spare patients discomfort and shorten recovery times. We perform both diagnostic arteriography as well as interventional procedures for both occlusive and aneurysmal disease.

Procedures performed include:

  1. Diagnostic arteriography
  2. Intra-arterialgraphy angioplasty
  3. Intra-arterial stenting
  4. Endograft repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm

Endovascular Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms are the 13th leading cause of death in the United States. Our program for endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms is rapidly growing. This is a minimally invasive technique to repair abdominal aortic aneurysms which can result in shorter hospital stays and easier recovery for patients. With our unique two surgeon approach, we are able to repair not only technically easy abdominal aortic aneurysms, but we have been able to expand the technology to include those individuals previously considered not to be candidates for this technique.

Learn about other conditions we treat.

Quality and Outcomes

Quality of care is dependent upon several factors, but is measured by outcome criteria. Most procedures in vascular surgery are preventative in nature and therefore the operation must improve upon the natural history of the disease process.

To justify an operation: 1) Carotid endarterectomy performed for stroke must have a very low complication rate (stroke or death rate), 2) Aortic aneurysm repair must prolong the life of a patient, and 3) Lower extremity bypass for gangrene, a non-healing wound, or claudication, must have low graft failure and limb loss rates. The vascular surgeons in the Vascular Surgery Section have recorded the outcomes of all procedures performed over the last 7 years and have this data readily available for review.

Fellowship program

The Fellowship program at the University of Minnesota, Division of Vascular Surgery is a fully accredited two-year training program in vascular surgery. We accept two fellows per year via the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Upon completion, fellows will be eligible for the Certificate of Special Qualifications in Vascular Surgery granted by the American Board of Surgery.

Fellows will receive training in open vascular surgery, endovascular procedures, and the management of patients with hemodynamic instability, multiple organ system failure, complex co-existing medical problems. Noninvasive vascular interpretation training is also included.

Go to the Vascular Surgery Fellowship page for program and application information.

Recent news

Hotline for heart doctors saves lives of Minnesota patients [Fox9 News]

There a doctor had the foresight to give him an ultrasound and detected the aortic aneurysm within seconds.

“Only certain centers in the state are going to be able to handle that problem. So it becomes very important outing hospitals have a way to get patients rapidly, to centers that can take care of the disease,” Dr. Rumi Faizer, a vascular surgeon at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. Dr. Faizer helped launch the Code Red Aortic Hotline in Minnesota.

When Weinmann’s doctor in Wyoming calls the number, he is immediately put on a conference call with Dr. Faizer, a cardiologist and an intervention radiologist. Together, they quickly put into motion the best plan for the patient, when seconds count.

Read the full story here - Fox9