Guy’s and St Thomas’ vascular unit is a national tertiary referral centre providing diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the blood vessels. We have a large team of specialist surgeons, radiologists, doctors and nurses to look after you.
The department is the hub of the South East Thames Network. We provide emergency and elective vascular services to people living in south east London and west Kent. Our ‘network’ hospitals are:
- King’s College Hospital NHS Trust (Kings College Hospital and Princess Royal University Hospital)
- Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust (Lewisham Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich)
- Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust (Darent Valley Hospital and Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup)
- Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (Tunbridge Wells Hospital).
We are a national tertiary referral centre for complex aortic disease specialising in endovascular and open surgery for aneurysms and aortic dissection.
We are a leading unit in the management of diabetic patients with vascular disease and have a large multi-disciplinary team of surgeons, radiologists, physicians and podiatrists who provide a multidisciplinary care for these patients. We are committed to supporting our network hospitals diabetes services through the diabetic foot network.
We have a specialist interest in the management of deep venous disease with a multidisciplinary team specialising in this field.
Mortality rates from surgery carried out in the unit are well below the national average. In 2016, our:
- complex endovascular aneurysm repair mortality rate was 1.3%
- infrarenal aneurysm repair (EVAR) mortality rate was 0.5%
- carotid endarterectomy stroke and mortality rate was 1.0%.
Find out more about aortic aneurysms
We offer a number of specialist vascular services. These include the treatment of aortic aneurysms. Watch our video about repairing complex aortic aneurysms.
Repairing complex aortic aneurysms – video transcript
My name is Said Abisi, I'm a consultant vascular surgeon at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital.
My main area of practice is treating complex aortic aneurysms using endovascular techniques.
These are performed using X-ray guidance and state-of-the-art equipment, like the equipment we have here at Guy's and St Thomas'.
The patients normally come to the operating room here and we make a very small keyhole incision in their groin above the femoral artery.
We can introduce advanced graft which we can place inside the aneurysm to treat the aneurysm.
With the guidance of the X-ray we are able to see all the details we need to see and plan our procedure accordingly.
Once the procedure is done, we close the keyhole incision with a special glue without any sutures and the patient can experience early recovery and no postoperative pain.
We have excellent facility and support, we have a state-of-the-art hybrid theatre and we have an excellent team to provide the best level of care for patients with this condition.