Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare and Carris Health care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to helps us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Carris Health Vascular Surgery

Expertise close to home

When you’re faced with new terminology and treatment options, it can be overwhelming. Our specialists will help explain what needs to be done.

A wide range of issues can affect both the arteries and veins, which transport oxygen and nutrients. Vascular surgeons specialize in treatments of every kind of vascular problem, except those of the heart (treated by cardiovascular surgeons) and the brain (treated by neurosurgeons). It is important to see a vascular surgeon, even when surgery is not needed. For example, a common condition such as atherosclerosis may show up in the legs, but also be present in the arteries supplying the heart and brain.

Vascular surgeons will talk to you about how lifestyle changes and medication can be the first step in regaining your health. When invasive intervention in needed, vascular surgeons are trained in all types of interventions, including endovascular (minimally invasive) and surgical.


  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Endovascular and open revascularization of subclavian stenosis

Aortoiliac occlusive disease

  • Diagnostic arteriography
  • Angioplasty and stenting
  • Aortofemoral bypass
  • Femoral-femoral bypass
  • Axillary femoral bypass

Mesenteric and renal arterial occlusive disease

  • Diagnostic arteriography
  • Angioplasty and stenting
  • Arterial pharmacolysis
  • Embolectomy/thrombectomy
  • Mesenteric bypass

Peripheral arterial disease

  • Diagnostic arteriography
  • Angioplasty and stenting
  • Arterial pharmacolysis
  • Embolectomy/thrombectomy
  • Endarterectomy
  • Femoral to popliteal bypass
  • Femoral to tibial/pedal bypass
  • Upper extremity bypass

Aneurysmal disease

  • Open and endovascular repair abdominal aortic and iliac artery aneurysm
  • Endovascular treatment of endoleaks occurring after endovascular AAA repair
  • Open and endovascular repair popliteal aneurysm
  • Repair of uncommon aneurysms (other upper and lower extremity, carotid, mesenteric)
  • Management of pseudoaneurysms

Venous disease

  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Vein stripping and ligation
  • Phlebectomy
  • Inferior vena cava filter placement
  • Thrombectomy
  • Pharmacolysis
  • Diagnostic venography
  • Venoplasty and stenting

Dialysis access

  • Arteriovenous fistulas and grafts
  • Revision of access (for poor function, thrombosis, infection, aneurysm, ischemia)
  • Endovascular diagnosis and treatment of fistula stenosis
  • Endovascular treatment of central venous stenosis
  • Placement of non-tunneled and tunneled hemodialysis catheters

Central access

  • Placement of tunneled central catheter with subcutaneous port (i.e., for chemotherapy, long-term IV access)

Vascular Trauma

  • Treatment of traumatic vascular injuries involving the neck, abdomen, and extremities
  • Extremity fasciotomy
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic arteriography for abdominal, pelvic, and extremity trauma, including splenic embolization
  • Treatment of iatrogenic arterial and venous injuries involving the neck, abdomen, and extremities

Vascular Surgery Team Members

Carris Health - Willmar Main Clinic

Vascular Surgery Visiting Physician

Carris Health - Redwood Clinic: 507-637-2985


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