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Department of Vascular Surgery

April 21,2021 Update

Introduction

In the Department of Vascular Surgery, we examine and treat diseases of blood vessels throughout the whole body. Although we primarily provide surgical treatments, we also offer pharmacotherapy. In Japan, cardiovascular surgery departments have been in existence for many years and tend to focus on treating the heart. In contrast, the vascular surgery department specializes in treating a wide range of vascular diseases. Although vascular diseases are commonly treated in vascular surgery departments in Western countries, there are still very few vascular surgery departments in Japan (specifically, Tokyo University, Nagoya University, Asahikawa Medical University, and Jikei University Hospital). Blood vessels are broadly divisible into arteries and veins, and diseases of the arteries are roughly divided into dilation types (aneurysm) and clogging types. Treatments for both diseases have advanced significantly in recent years.

Since aortic aneurysms can lead to death when left untreated, surgeries for this condition had been considered a major procedure. Today, however, this is not the case; researchers have developed methods to treat aneurysms by inserting an artificial blood vessel called a stent graft into the artery from a small incision made at the groin, greatly reducing the physical burden on the patient. While we may not be able to offer this treatment to all patients, we endeavor to propose an approach tailored to each patient.

The number of patients with arteriosclerosis has been increasing recently. This is primarily due to the aging population, but the increase in diabetes that promotes arteriosclerosis is also a significant factor. The vascular lesions of patients with diabetes occur in thin blood vessels and tend to become aggravated, making treatment a challenge. However, we are proud to say that we lead Japan in this field.

The most common disease of the veins is varicose veins, a condition in which the blood vessels of the legs swell up into lumps. Endovascular treatments (laser treatment or radiofrequency ablation) are also performed for this condition. We utilize radiowaves (electromagnetic waves), as we believe this type of treatment is superior. Since indications differ depending on the individual patient, we provide thorough explanations according to individual circumstances.

Patient care at our department

We treat a wide range of vascular diseases, as described below, and provide the optimal treatments primarily involving surgery.

Aneurysms
A common site for aneurysms is the abdominal aorta, and this condition lacks symptoms such as pain, other than a feeling of pulsation around the navel. Aneurysms can be found relatively easily on ultrasound or computed tomography, but the major concern is that they may suddenly rupture one day. Albert Einstein and Ryotaro Shiba both died of this disease. Surviving rupture of an aneurysm is difficult, and arrival at the hospital is often too late.
The larger the aneurysm, the greater the likelihood of rupture. In small aneurysms, only regular testing may be provided without surgery. Patients who have concerns should first consult with their primary-care doctor.
We also offer stent-grafting for endovascular aneurysm repair using a catheter in older patients or patients with decreased heart or lung functions (high-risk patients), combining this with traditional laparotomy surgery to provide individualized treatment for each patient.
Chronic artery occlusion
This is a disease in which the artery gradually becomes clogged due to arteriosclerosis. The presence of diabetes and a history of smoking both progress this condition, which often develops in the arteries of the legs. Pain develops in the buttocks or calves when walking, but goes away with rest, so many patients do not seek medical attention. However, with disease progression, leg pain may remain despite rest, and ulcers and gangrene can also appear in the legs. Recently, many patients have suddenly been developing ulcers on the legs without pain when walking. When symptoms do not improve with medication or smoking cessation, bypass surgery or endovascular catheter surgery is performed to improve blood flow.
Varicose veins of the lower extremities
This is a very common condition in which the veins of the legs become swollen in an irregular pattern. Treatment is not always necessary, but is recommended when symptoms such as heaviness and pain in the legs are present. Some patients develop ulcers around the ankles that may not heal easily. In this situation, surgical treatment becomes necessary. Itching or brown discoloration around the ankle are often warning signs for these ulcers, and attention is therefore necessary. We use compression treatment with elastic stockings, remove the problematic veins (stripping), and perform catheter cauterization (endovascular ablation) with a short hospital stay.

Main diseases

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Acute artery occlusion
  • Varicose veins of the lower extremities
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm (stent graft treatment)
  • Buerger's disease
  • Dialysis shunt failure
  • Lower limb obstructive arteriosclerosis
  • Aortoiliac occlusive disease
  • Visceral aneurysm
  • Deep vein thrombosis
 

Target Symptoms

  • Aortic aneurysm: often asymptomatic.
  • Lower limb obstructive arteriosclerosis: intermittent claudication (pain in the calves or thighs when walking that goes away when resting), ulcer/gangrene on the leg.
  • Aortoiliac occlusive disease: intermittent claudication, sexual dysfunction.
  • Acute artery occlusion: sudden cold feeling, pain, and pallor of the limbs.
  • Varicose veins of lower extremities: heaviness, muscle spasm, pain, and itchiness of the leg.
  • Deep vein thrombosis: sudden swelling and pain in one leg.
 

Treatment results

Surgeries in 2019
Disease nameNumber of surgical casesNon Number of surgical casesTotal
Abdominal aortic aneurysm8237119
Thoracic aortic aneurysm stent graft5510
Obstructive arteriosclerosis (including aortoiliac occlusive disease)8552137
Varicose veins of the lower extremities 53053
Dialysis shunt failure26127
Others202949
Total271124395

Medical staff

Name Job Title Position Specialized Field Credentials
出口 順夫
(Deguchi Jyuno)
血管外科スタッフ002
Professor Surgeon in Chief Vascular surgery Board Certified Surgeon
Board Certified Cardiovascular Surgeon
Board Certified Instructor of Cardiovascular Surgery
Board Certified fellow of the Japanese Collaege of Angiology: Vascular Specialist
Certified Stentgraft instructor
橋本 拓弥
(Hashimoto Takuya)
血管外科スタッフ003
Associate Professor Chief of Ward
Chief of OPD
Vascular surgery Board Certified Surgeon
Board Certified Cardiovascular Surgeon
Board Certified Fellow of the Japanese College of Angiology : Vascular Specialist
Certified Stentgraft instructor
Board Certifed Endovascular Fellow of the JSVS
木村 賢
(Kimura Masaru)
血管外科スタッフ005
Instructor Vascular surgery Board Certified Surgeon
Board Certified Fellow of the Japanese College of Angiology : Vascular Specialist
Certified Stentgraft instructor
佐野 允哉
(Sano Masaya)
血管外科スタッフ
Instructor Vascular surgery Board Certified Surgeon
Board Certified Fellow of the Japanese College of Angiology : Vascular Specialist
佐藤 紀
(Sato Osamu)
血管外科スタッフ001
Visiting Professor Vascular surgery Board Certified Surgeon
Board Certified Cardiovascular Surgeon
Board Certified Instructor of Cardiovascular Surgery
Board Certified Fellow of the Japanese College of Angiology : Vascular Specialist
Certified Stentgraft instructor
山本 諭
(Yamamoto Satoshi)
血管外科スタッフ004
Instructor (part-time) Vascular surgery Board Certified Surgeon
Board Certified Cardiovascular Surgeon
Board Certified Fellow of the Japanese College of Angiology : Vascular Specialist
Certified Stentgraft instructor

Outpatient clinic

Department of Vascular Surgery
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
午前
初診

再診
出口 順夫
(Deguchi Jyuno)

橋本 拓弥
(Hashimoto Takuya)
木村 賢
(Kimura Masaru)

橋本 拓弥
(Hashimoto Takuya)
初診


佐藤 紀
(Sato Osamu)


(交替制)
午後
再診
出口 順夫
(Deguchi Jyuno)

佐野 允哉
(Sano Masaya)
木村 賢
(Kimura Masaru)


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To the Medical Institutions

The Department of Vascular Surgery of Saitama Medical Center specializes in the treatment of peripheral blood vessels. With a team of five surgeons and two clinical laboratory technicians, we diagnose and examine diseases of the aorta, peripheral arteries, veins, and lymphatic system, in addition to performing surgical procedures to treat these conditions. We select the optimal procedure, with consideration of both traditional open surgeries and cutting-edge endovascular treatments. These methods are sometimes combined (hybrid treatment) to provide a flexible yet ideal treatment for each patient.

We perform stent grafting for aortic aneurysms with one thoracic and two abdominal qualified specialists, with a particular focus on postoperative follow-up, as the most crucial step in endovascular treatments.

Many patients with arterial occlusive disease are also referred to us. For the treatment of critical limb ischemia, we collaborate with a foot-care team (consisting of special nurses and experts from the departments of plastic surgery, dermatology, diabetes and endocrinology, and vascular surgery) from the preoperative stage to provide multidisciplinary medical care, helping patients to achieve the optimal postoperative return to daily life.

We also are involved in clinical research and are participating in the following Japanese and international multicenter studies.

  1. Wound-directed angiosome revascularization approach to patients with critical limb ischemia - a prospective multicenter observational study (WARRIORS study)
  2. Japanese registry of patients treated with endovascular or open repair for ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (multicenter observational study)
  3. Japanese registry of rivaroxaban effectiveness & safety for the prevention of recurrence in patients with deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism
  4. Efficacy and safety of rivaroxaban in reducing the risk of major thrombotic vascular events in subjects with symptomatic peripheral artery disease undergoing peripheral revascularization procedures of the lower extremities- an international, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase III trial (VOYAGER PAD)
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