Tag: Vascular Disease

Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA)



Only a very limited number of specialized surgeons including, Vascular Surgeons, who have all treatment modalities available as part of their training and scope of practice are able to treat a patient by performing a carotid endarterectomy (CEA). A Carotid endarterectomy is performed to remove a plaque build-up in the carotid artery to allow for greater flow of blood through the artery and reduce the risk of stroke.

This procedure is generally done when there is a significant blockage of 50% or greater to the artery.

See a Western Vascular Institute vascular surgeon to discuss all treatment options available for Carotid artery disease, including a carotid endarterectomy (CEA).

What does a Vascular Surgeon do? An Informative Look into Vascular Care

A Vascular Surgeon is a highly trained specialist that focuses on diseases of the vascular system.

Vascular Surgeons treat the arteries and veins responsible for carrying oxygen-rich blood throughout your body and returning it to your heart.

“Vascular surgeons treat every artery & vein of the body except the brain & heart”

More than just surgery, a Vascular Surgeon educates patients on their disease process and helps provide every treatment option available.

Vascular surgeons are trained to know when to perform vascular surgery, but more importantly when not to perform surgery.

Vascular surgeons are trained in complicated open, as well as minimally invasive endovascular procedures.

Because they are able to provide all treatment options they are not biased to perform the one or two procedures within their scope.


Western Vascular Welcomes Dr. Dawn Olsen

Western Vascular Institute is proud to welcome Dr. Dawn Olsen D.O to WVI’s esteemed group of Vascular surgeons.

Dr. Olsen is a skilled Vascular Surgeon who has devoted herself to caring for those with vascular disease. Initially, Dr. Olsen became a vascular Physician Assistant (PA) at the Arizona Heart Institute under the tutelage of world-recognized surgeon, Dr. Edward B. Diethrich. After years of unparalleled service as a vascular PA Dr. Olsen further realized her dedicated passion for vascular medicine, and in 2008 returned to school to gain her medical degree of osteopathic medicine at the University at Buffalo.

Dr. Olsen is residency-trained in peripheral and endovascular surgery, and also certificated in both wound care and non-invasive vascular ultrasound. Dr. Olsen has co-authored nearly 30 peer reviewed publications including book chapters, and has presented at meetings across the United States and abroad. Having more than 14 years of diverse experience, she has returned to the Arizona and is excited to help improve the lives of those suffering from venous and vascular diseases and conditions.

Dr. Olsen is seeing patients at all three Western Vascular Institute locations


  • Phoenix
  • Mesa
  • Payson

Call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Olsen at (480) 668-5000

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