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Vascular Services

Interview with Dr. Jeffrey Weinberger

Vascular surgeon with Community Heart and Vascular, specializing in the open and endovascular treatment of peripheral arterial and venous disease.

What does a vascular surgeon do?
A vascular surgeon is a physician who specializes in the medical and surgical management of all the diseases that affect the arteries and veins outside the heart.

What conditions does a vascular surgeon treat?
A vascular surgeon treats peripheral arterial disease (PAD) which can manifest in many ways. Most commonly this is asymptomatic and just warrants screening for other related vascular diseases and control of risk factors. It can also present as pain in the legs (claudication) when walking that requires a person to stop and rest at regular intervals and can significantly limit quality of life. In its most severe forms this will present with pain in the foot at night (rest pain) that causes patients to have to hang their foot off the bed for relief or as sores that won't heal.

Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) commonly affects the carotid arteries in the neck and is a frequent cause of stroke and disability. Carotid disease is another condition commonly treated by vascular surgeons. Vascular surgeons do surgery to prevent stroke and disability related to this process.

Aneurysmal disease (enlargement and degeneration of blood vessels) is another common condition treated by vascular surgeons. Aneurysmal disease of the aorta in the abdomen and the chest represent the tenth leading cause of death in men under age 55 in the United States. Screening and surgery for patients with risk factors for aneurysm formation and known aneurysms can dramatically reduce the number of deaths related to this problem.

Venous insufficiency is a condition treated by vascular surgeons. This can manifest as leg pain and swelling, as varicose veins, or as non healing ulcers on the inside of the ankles. This condition can be quite troublesome to patients and can be a significant source of discomfort leading to decreased quality of life.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in a deep vein most commonly occurring in the legs. This can present with a painful swollen leg or be asymptomatic. Vascular surgeons manage this condition with medications and minimally invasive procedures.

Patients with kidney failure that will require dialysis frequently will come to a vascular surgeon to have hemodialysis access created in the form of an arterial venous fistula or shunt.

As the only vascular surgeon in Madison County, what unique services are you bringing to our county?
I hope to provide the complete spectrum of vascular disease management. I can offer both open surgical procedures for the treatment of the above conditions as well as minimally invasive treatment of these conditions with angioplasty and stents. I hope to contribute to the overall health of the community with vascular screening and preventative care.

What services will you provide in Community Hospital Anderson’s Center for Advanced Wound Healing?
In the wound care center I plan to offer the same services provided by the other physicians in the center and become part of the team. In addition, I think I can provide an additional resource for the physicians and the significant number of patients in the center with arterial and venous disease that contributes to their trouble with wound healing. I hope my presence in the wound care center will be convenient for patients and allow them to get care in a multidisciplinary fashion.

How can I get an appointment with you?
Please call 317-353-9338 for an appointment.

What else should we know about you and your services?
I was born and raised in Michigan where I attended medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit. I completed general surgery training at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. Most recently I completed a two year vascular surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic prior to moving to Indiana.