Vascular Surgery

Shifa Vascular Center constitutes team of board certified vascular surgeons highly experienced in providing comprehensive most advance diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for the entire spectrum of circulatory disorders, from medical management to minimally invasive endovascular therapy to conventional open surgery. Our surgeons are uniquely trained and experienced to weigh the various treatment options available, including medical therapy, as well as surgical and endovascular approaches. The Vascular Surgery Team collaborates with physicians in cardiology, internal medicine, neurology, interventional radiology, and podiatry in order to offer each patient a multidisciplinary treatment plan. Each year our surgeons evaluate hundreds of patients with circulatory conditions ranging from the common to the rare. Our commitment is to diagnose the patient’s problem precisely, and to provide the most effective therapy specifically tailored for that individual’s needs. Our goal is to optimize our patients’ circulatory health.

Shifa Vascular Centre offers complete range of diagnostic, therapeutic, surgical and minminal invasive treatment options for wide range of circulatory diseases and disorders. At Shifa Vascular Centre patients and their caregivers are at our utmost priority. Patients are guaranteed of receiving the best possible treatment plan for his/ her condition through a comprehensive examination and diagnostic assessment our team of specialist doctors. Below mentioned are among key Vascular Surgery services offered at Shifa International Hospital

  • Minimally Invasive Varicose Veins Treatment- Endovenous Ablation
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Aneurysm Repair- EVAR & F-EVAR
  • Peripheral Vascular Surgery

Minimally Invasive Varicose Veins Treatment- Endovenous Ablation

Varicose veins develop when the small valves inside the veins stop working properly. In a healthy vein, blood flows smoothly to the heart. The blood is prevented from flowing backwards by a series of tiny valves that open and close to let blood through. If the valves weaken or are damaged, the blood can flow backwards and can collect in the vein, eventually causing it to be varicose (swollen and enlarged).At Shifa International Hospital we offer both Endovenous Ablation and surgery for varicose veins which includes tying off (ligation) and removing (stripping) larger veins. Endovenous ablation is more advanced, sophisticated and minimally invasive procedure. It involves destroying the veins through thermal energy (heat) and doesn’t include cutting and stripping of veins.

Minimally Invasive Aortic Aneurysm Repair- EVAR & F-EVAR

The aorta is the main artery that carries the blood to abdomen and rest of your body from heart. The intestines and kidneys are supplied with blood through branches of aorta.  The aorta splits in to two vessels each going to right and left leg respectively. An aneurysm is swelling of an artery caused by weakening of its walls and an aortic aneurysm is swelling of aortic artery.Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad has introduced latest and most advanced EVAR surgery to treat aortic surgery which is more precise, less complex and safe as compared to previous method of treatment. It involves repairing the aneurysm through a mesh tube known as stent, which fits in the aorta.

  • The stent is put into aorta through a cut in the groin and is passed up through the artery till it reaches the aneurysm.
  • Once in the right position the stent is expanded in artery and wire frame pushes against the healthy portion of the aorta and seal device in place
  • This allows the blood to flow without entering the aneurysm
  • Some patients might need a puncture/minor incision into an artery in the upper arm.

The procedure might take 1.5-2.5 hours and patient is able to leave hospital within two days.

Hemo-dialysis access (AV graft & AV fistula)

An AV graft is an artificial vein made from a synthetic tube inserted under the skin & An AV fistula is an artery and a vein sewn together. Normally, AV fistula & grafts are made in non dominant arm usually forearm or upper arm depending upon what is the most appropriate treatment for patient. The AV Graft is put inside in as straight lobe or as a U shaped loop.While giving AV Access for hemodialysis, physicians identify vein that is easy to find and use in patient’s body along with also ensuring that I doesn’t disrupts daily life of patients. Needles will be inserted in fistulas or grafts by dialysis technician, which will perform the function of talking blood to dialyzer and returning it back in body. At the end of each treatment, your both needles will be removed and bandages will be over the needle sites. The bandages can be removed after a few hours.

Peripheral Vascular Surgery

Peripheral vascular surgery is performed when cleaning blocked arteries is not possible or multiple blood vessels are blocked. Peripheral vascular surgery is usually performed to remove the buildup of plaque inside the blocked artery.If arteries are blocked significantly, a bypass procedure is performed which allows blood t flow around clogged arteries or bypass it. A healthy artery or veins segment from the leg may be taken as a new blood vessel while an artificial blood vessel may also be used. The new blood vessel is grafted to one end of the artery, under the blocked area. While the other end of the blood vessel is grafted above the blocked area. The new vessel allows blood to flow freely through the arteries and reach the heart.

Dr. Tahir Hussain Dilawari
Consultant General & Vascular Surgeon

Dr. Omer Ehsan
Consultant General & Vascular Surgeon