Decades of local experience. That’s what Eugene W. Laveroni, D.O., brings to his new leadership role at Botsford Hospital’s Vascular Surgery Center. Since joining Botsford’s surgical staff in 1991, he’s provided a wide range of care, specifically in vascular disease.
“I deal with diseases involving arteries and veins,” Dr. Laveroni says. Among other things, that can include reopening narrowed blood vessels to improve circulation, removing blockages to prevent strokes, dealing with aneurysms, and treating varicose veins. Now he’s using his expertise to oversee the center. Dr. Laveroni also serves as chief of surgery, helps train general surgery residents, and teaches at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Botsford’s Vascular Surgery Center was established to treat all aspects of vascular disease. From imaging to surgery, the center brings experts together to each phase of patient care. Additionally, its central location makes evaluations, treatment, and management of a disease’s progress more accessible. Specialties include endovascular (minimally invasive) procedures; carotid endarterectomies; and the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms and occlusive and venous diseases.
Not everyone with vascular issues needs surgery, Dr. Laveroni says. In fact, he works with referring doctors so that problems are addressed early on. “Peripheral vascular disease can often be identified and treated by a primary care physician,” he says. But when surgery is called for, new, less invasive techniques, like balloon angioplasty or stenting, are available. “We work with the patient to develop a plan that’s right for him or her,” he says. “The goal is to keep patients safe when they come to the hospital and have surgery—and also to make sure that we continually improve our outcomes and procedures.