Vascular surgery and endovascular angiography

The Mater surgeons and endovascular physicians provide a comprehensive range of both surgical and endovascular angiography services. A greater number of vascular procedures now fall under a hybrid model of care which simply means that some surgical procedures previously carried out in the operating suite are now undertaken in the Angiography laboratory this change of practice has been facilitated through the Mater having some of the latest technology and equipment.

New Hybrid Theatre at the Mater

The new Hybrid Theatre at the Mater, the Artis Zeego Q, offers applications for cardiology, interventional radiology and image-guided surgery.

The Artis Zeego Q robot delivers unmatched flexibility within the operating theatre allowing optimal patient access for surgeons, anaesthetists and nursing staff. The unique robot arm also allows 360 degree rotation to produce intraoperative CT images.

The Q is the latest iteration with an all new imaging chain. The all new Megalix Xray Tube results in faster sharper images and a new Q detector improves contrast resolution from 16000 to 65000 shades of grey to allow surgeons to better detect subtle changes. The images are displayed on the system’s 56” hospital grade large screen display. The end result is improved image quality and lower radiation doses to both the patient and the operators.

Vascular Surgery & Medicine

The Department of Vascular Surgery and Physicians is supported by highly skilled doctors who practice across a number of major teaching and private hospitals and who also contribute greatly to research and teaching. They treat patients with disease of the arteries and veins along with lymphedema for those who may present with symptoms of ischaemia of the regional circulation to the legs, brain or with aneurysmal dilatation. Common symptoms patients may present with include threatened stroke, loss of vision in one eye, leg claudication and a pulsatile swelling in the abdomen.

There are a number of interventional approaches which may be undertaken including non-invasive, surgical or angiography diagnosis and treatment of the following conditions:

  • reconstruction of the aorta, and lower limb vessels and carotid reconstruction
  • abdominal aortic aneurysm and femoropopliteal bypass
  • venous abnormalities commonly treated include varicose veins, venous ulcer, venous thrombosis and venous compression syndromes
  • vascular access procedures carried out include those for renal dialysis and administration of drugs and other agents parentally
  • endovascular treatment of arterial disease including angioplasty and endo-luminal repair of aneurysms and thoraco-abdominal aorta