Surgeon Inserting Tube Into Patient During Surgery

CTVS is committed to providing state-of-the-art technology for the most accurate diagnostics and effective treatment of our patients.  Our Vascular Intervention Suite (VIS) is dedicated to the precise imaging and customized follow-up procedures needed to restore blood flow to the legs and feet of patients with poor circulation and clogged arteries due to various vascular disorders such as peripheral artery disease (or PAD).


What is the Vascular Intervention Suite or VIS?

The VIS is similar to a cath lab and affords our team the opportunity to get an up-close view of blood vessels using sophisticated x-ray technology and equipment to help diagnose and treat arterial or venous disease. The VIS is an integral part of our lower extremity revascularization program, which includes in-office evaluation, non-invasive vascular lab testing, medical and exercise therapy, and office-based interventions.

Typically patients must go to a hospital to undergo these procedures, but fortunately CTVS offers patients the option of visiting one of our two VIS locations in Austin or Georgetown.

What procedures are performed in the VIS?

Lifestyle changes are often first recommended to treat PAD and other conditions — such as following a healthy diet and getting enough exercise — but if that fails, further intervention is required.

Our surgeons can perform procedures like minimally invasive vascular treatment of arterial and venous disease using balloon and stent technology. For more advanced cases, surgical bypass or endarterectomy may be necessary to improve blood flow. In some cases, a combination of open surgical technique and endovascular technique are used.

Additionally, hemodialysis catheter placement and removals can be done in the VIS  for our patients suffering from kidney disease.

Who are the VIS specialists?

Dr. Joe K. Wells III is the medical director of our VIS, and he is supported by our excellent team of CTVS board-certified vascular surgeons and medical technicians.

Where are the VIS locations?

CTVS has two Vascular Intervention Suites conveniently serving patients in Austin and Georgetown.

To schedule an appointment with any of our vascular, thoracic, or cardiothoracic  specialists, or for questions about our VIS, please contact us here.