New Vascular Center opens next month

TRAVERSE CITY – When Munson Medical Center established an independent Department of Vascular Diseases, it signaled recognition in this region of the specialized care available to individuals suffering from peripheral vascular disease – any disorder or disease of the circulatory system outside of the brain and heart.

Now, one of the board-certified, fellowship-trained vascular surgeons in Traverse City has opened the Vascular Center of Northern Michigan.

Dr. Michael Colburn, MD, FACS, will offer comprehensive vascular and endovascular treatment and surgery in a brand new facility currently under construction on Cedar Run Road, minutes from Munson's main campus. The facility is slated to open next month.

Colburn currently practices in the Munson Professional Building and he will continue his professional affiliation with the hospital.

"Establishment of this Vascular Center recognizes the growing demand this specialization has experienced in the region," said Colburn.

Colburn specializes in laser, surgical and endovascular treatment of veins and arteries – everything from spider and varicose veins to aortic aneurysms, carotid disease and all aspects of peripheral vascular disease.

"Vascular surgeons now perform a variety of new, minimally invasive, catheter-based procedures," added Colburn. These treatments include carotid artery stenting, angioplasty and laser devices to clear lower extremity arteries of plaque. With these less invasive techniques, "patients often quickly resume normal activities after only outpatient, office-based, procedures or very short hospital stays," he explained.

Colburn joined the Munson Healthcare system in 2002, two years before the creation of the vascular department, and his arrival was instrumental in the specialty's growing presence in northern Michigan. He completed nine years of surgical training. He hopes to eventually attract another vascular surgeon to the area who will join him at the Vascular Center. Across the country, only some 25 physicians a year complete a vascular surgeon fellowship.

The Vascular Center of Northern Michigan can be reached at 935-0390. BN