Featured Surgeon

  • Donald E. Patterson, M.D.
    Baylor University
    Medical School:
    University of Texas Medical School
    Texas A&M/Scott & White Memorial Clinic in Temple, Texas
    Advanced vascular fellowships at Arizona Heart Institute and at Pennsylvania Hospital
    American Board of Surgery, Board Certified in Vascular Surgery, and Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • The Benefits of Minimally-Invasive Surgery

    Minimally-invasive surgery allows surgeons to perform the same procedure as traditional “open” operations, but with much smaller incisions. Multiple studies have shown that minimally-invasive operations avoid the large incisions used for open operations, allowing patients to have reduced post-operative pain, reduced hospital stay, improved cosmetic outcome, and a shorter time returning to work and normal activity. It has also been shown to decrease incisional hernia rates, infection, and scar tissue formation when compared to open operations.  

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

    An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm occurs when a section of the aorta in the abdomen weakens and bulges at the site of an aneurysm, similar to a weak spot that bulges on a worn bicycle tire. Aneurysms can develop slowly over time, often with no symptoms. If an aneurysm expands too quickly, it may leak or rupture and cause life-threatening internal bleeding.

  • Varicose Veins

    Varicose veins are enlarged veins that are visible through the skin and may appear as blue or purple twisted, knot-like cords. Varicose veins can occur anywhere in the body, but are more commonly found on the legs where they often cause a feeling of heaviness, burning or pain.