Our Heart and Vascular Centre provides multidisciplinary care for patients with cardiovascular disease. Vascular surgery is a sub-speciality which treats diseases of the arteries, veins and lymphatics most effectively by medical therapy, minimally invasive endovascular procedures and open surgery. Our aim is to improve vascular health by comprehensive evaluation and delivering the most effective treatment for our patients with vascular conditions.
In the Heart and Vascular Centre our team of highly trained vascular surgeons are able to provide a wide range of bespoke treatments, based on the clinical presentation.
In our Heart and Vascular Centre we treat patients with the following conditions or diseases:
- Peripheral arterial occlusive disease
- Diabetic foot problems
- Cerebrovascular disease and stroke prevention
- Varicose veins
- Excessive sweating
- Aggressive wound care
- Lymphedema and leg swellings
- Aortic and peripheral aneurysm
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Venous access surgery
Peripheral arterial occlusive disease
Poor leg circulation (also called peripheral arterial occlusive disease) can lead to pain on walking and the development of ulcers, infection and gangrene. Early referral to a vascular surgeon can reduce the risk of limb loss, heart attack and stroke. We provide the full range of modern treatments to optimise peripheral arterial circulation including the use of balloons, stenting and bypass surgery. We also optimise medical therapy by collaborating with specialities such as cardiology, endocrine infectious disease, internal medicine, neurology, rheumatology and nephrology.
Diabetic foot infections and ulcerations are the commonest indications in diabetic patients requiring admission to hospital. Diabetic foot ulceration is associated with a higher 5-year mortality rate than in some cancers. Any diabetic with foot infection should be referred urgently to a vascular surgery service to reduce the risk of limb loss and extend life expectancy. Our vascular surgeons encourage all diabetic patients to have annual assessment of their leg circulation and feet by a vascular surgeon.
Cerebrovascular disease and stroke prevention
The Heart and Vascular Centre – and specifically our vascular surgeons - supports Mediclinic’s stroke programme by offering treatment for disease of the extracranial carotid (neck arteries) which are a frequent source of stroke. We provide treatment within a multidisciplinary environment to reduce the risk of stroke by early intervention based upon best medical evidence. Our vascular surgeons have an excellent track record of offering surgical treatment to over 500 patients with ischaemic stroke while maintaining a perioperative stroke and mortality rate of less than 1%.
Varicose veins can present in many ways including leg swelling, pain, heaviness, skin changes, venous thrombosis, eczema and ulcers. We offer a range of highly effective minimal invasive treatments including sclerotherapy, thermal and non-thermal endovenous techniques. We are constantly keeping up with new technologies so that our patients benefit from the best treatment available.
Excessive sweating of the hands and armpits can lead to social embarrassment and difficulty with everyday tasks such as writing, holding objects and shaking hands. We offer keyhole surgery (endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy) to cure this condition. Our Heart and Vascular Centre is one of the few centres in the UAE which is able to offer this treatment.
We treat complicated wounds in a multidisciplinary team approach within our wound clinic. The team includes vascular surgeons, infectious disease specialist, vascular radiologist, plastic surgeons, wound care nurses, physiotherapist and orthotic specialist.
We assess thoroughly all our patients with lymphedema supplemented by non-invasive and invasive investigations. We offer the latest minimal invasive treatments with our dedicated lymphedema physiotherapist. We are also able to offer 3D technology or those who require special garments.
Aortic and peripheral aneurysm
We treat patients with thoracic, aortic and peripheral aneurysms with modern endovascular techniques. We have combined experience of treating large number of cases with minimal invasive endovascular stents as well as open surgery.
We have treated a large number of patients with vascular complications from thoracic outlet syndrome in this region. Patients with thoracic outlet syndrome can develop thrombosis of the upper limb or poor circulation to the fingers. This can be relieved by decompression of the thoracic outlet by open surgery.
Vascular surgery remains the only speciality able to manage the entire range of complications that may arise from any peripheral vascular intervention. We offer a variety of venous access treatments including central venous lines and ports. We also offer venous access surgery for those patients that require dialysis.