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Our Services A - Z - Vascular Surgery

About the service

Vascular services for the patients of St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust are provided by the Liverpool Vascular & Endovascular Service (LiVES).

The Liverpool Vascular and Endovascular Service (LiVES) operates across four hospital Trusts in North Merseyside (Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, The Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, and St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust).

Vascular services are for people with disorders of the arteries and veins. These include narrowing or widening of arteries, blocked vessels and varicose veins, but not diseases of the heart.

These disorders can reduce the amount of blood reaching the limbs or brain, or cause sudden blood loss if an over-stretched artery bursts. Although all of these diseases used to be treated by surgery only, more recently, specialists have been able to treat many vascular disorders by reaching the site of the problem via the inside of the blood vessels. This is known as endovascular surgery, and is a much less invasive approach.

Making these advanced techniques readily available to all patients is one of the goals of our service.

People helped by vascular services include:

People with abdominal aortic aneurysms: This is a condition in which the main artery in the abdomen becomes stretched and prone to bursting. Timely detection and treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms prevents later problems with rupture and bleeding, and can be life-saving.

People with strokes or transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs or mini-strokes): Sometimes, there are problems with the blood supply to the brain because of a narrowing in a blood vessel in the neck called the carotid artery. This can be treated with an operation to improve the flow of blood and reduce the risk of future strokes.

People with poor blood supply to the feet and legs: Some people, particularly those who smoke or have diabetes, can develop narrowing's in the blood supply to their legs and feet. This can cause pain on walking, ulceration and/or infection. Surgical or endovascular treatments can improve the blood supply, make walking easier and prevent the serious complications of an inadequate blood supply.



Page last updated on 25th May 2022

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