Vascular Services Evolve

August 17th, 2015

Vascular services are growing as Dr. Mohammad Al-Zoubaidi, a board certified, fellowship-trained, vascular/endovascular surgeon, joins SIH Medical Group in Carbondale. Southern Illinois Healthcare’s Prairie Heart Institute already has a strong endovascular program (managing the arteries and veins outside the heart using minimally-invasive techniques). The addition of a vascular surgeon completes the comprehensive range of services.

What is Vascular Surgery?

Vascular surgery is a specialty of surgery which deals with diseases of the vascular system (arteries and veins outside the heart.) A vascular surgeon uses medical therapy or minimally-invasive catheter procedures (endovascular) as well. However, he also has the ability to do open surgical vascular reconstruction if needed.

According to Al-Zoubaidi, “This service raises the bar for SIH because we can now utilize minimally invasive techniques, an open surgery option or a hybrid of the two.”

Do you have a vascular problem?

  • Pain in the legs when walking
  • Swelling of the veins
  • Wounds that won’t heal

You’re looking at the only generally noticeable symptoms related to vascular issues. The other symptoms are much more vicious; and when they strike, the situation is critical.

  • Stroke
  • Ruptured aneurysm
  • Cold or discolored feet

Conditions treated by Vascular/Endovascular Surgery

Because vascular diseases are mostly gradual problems, the symptoms can be so subtle they go unnoticed. That’s why it’s so important to be established with a primary care physician and have regular check-ups. Be sure to share if you have the symptoms above. That, along with your risk factors (blood pressure, height, weight and other medical issues) can be the trigger for your doctor to order some simple tests that can find the sleeping giants listed below.

Once found, vascular specialists take into account your medical history to determine whether medical therapy, minimally-invasive or an open surgical technique will be the best approach. If you have multiple vessel issues, it may actually be a combination…hence the word “hybrid.”

Below is a list of diseases and the physicians at Prairie Heart Institute Southern Illinois Healthcare who can treat with minimally invasive measures and/or open surgery.

Endovascular Surgery (performed in the cath lab):

Mohammed Al-Zoubaidi, MD, Raed Al-Dallow, MD, Son Le, MD,
Varadendra Panchamukhi, MD,Magdalena Zeglin, MD

  • abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
  • varicose veins
  • peripheral vascular disease (PVD)
  • carotid artery disease
  • temporary & permanent dialysis access
NEW! Open Vascular Surgery (performed in an operating room):

Mohammed Al-Zoubaidi, MD

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • varicose veins
  • peripheral vascular disease
  • carotid artery disease
  • dialysis access troubleshooting