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Hours
Monday: 8am – 4:45pm
Tuesday: 8am – 4:45pm
Wednesday: 8am – 4:45pm
Thursday: 8am – 4:45pm
Friday: 8am – 4:45pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Your team
Mark Braun, NP
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Surgery

Daniel Valentino, MD
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Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

Gary Enger, PA-C
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Surgery

Christopher M Dorozynski, PA-C
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Vascular Surgery

Paul E Reckard, MD
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Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

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We take great pride in our team of talented and highly-experienced general and vascular surgeons here at UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central in Colorado Springs.

At UCHealth Vascular Surgery Clinic – Memorial Hospital Central, our team of general, trauma, vascular and critical care surgeons provide expert evaluation and surgical treatment for a wide range of adult conditions.

Conditions we treat

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Cerebral aneurysm
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Claudication
  • Chronic or severe deep vein thrombosis (DVT)/thrombophlebitis
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Raynauld’s Phenomenon
  • Renal vascular disease
  • Varicose veins
  • Injury or disorders of the endocrine system (glands)
  • Injury or disorders of the alimentary system (such as stomach, liver, gallbladder and pancreas)
  • Disorders of skin (such as lipomas, masses and lesions)
  • Cancer (such as breast, prostate, lung, colon and rectum)

Surgical specialties

Our surgical specialties include:

  • General surgery
  • Vascular surgery (veins and arteries)
  • Trauma surgery
  • Surgical critical care
  • Surgical oncology (including head and neck surgery)
Featured service: TCAR (TransCarotid Artery Revascularization)

UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central is pioneering the use of a breakthrough technology called TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) to treat patients with carotid artery disease who are at risk for open surgery. While any repair of the carotid artery carries some risk of causing a stroke because of the repair itself, TCAR was designed to help minimize that risk by keeping potential stroke-causing fragments away from the brain.

Like the open surgery, carotid endarterectomy (CEA), this new procedure involves direct access to the carotid artery, but through a much smaller incision at the neckline just above the clavicle instead of a longer incision on the neck. During the TCAR procedure, a tube inserted into the carotid artery is connected to a system that temporarily directs blood flow away from the brain to protect against dangerous debris from reaching the brain during the procedure. Surgeons then filter the blood before returning it to a vein in the groin, and a stent is implanted directly into the carotid artery to stabilize the plaque and prevent future strokes. The entire procedure is performed in less than half the time of CEA – limiting the stress on the heart and significantly cutting the risk of the patient having a stroke or heart attack during the procedure.

Patients who undergo the TCAR procedure recover quickly (typically spending just one night in the hospital) and almost always go home the next day to return to full and productive lives with less pain, smaller scars and a reduced risk of future strokes.

Your provider may recommend the TCAR procedure if you’ve been diagnosed with carotid artery disease and are not a suitable candidate for CEA. This may depend on your age or other existing medical conditions.

For more information about TCAR, call us to schedule a consultation with one of our vascular surgeons.