Gonda Vascular Center in Minnesota Overview

Why choose Mayo Clinic Gonda Vascular Center

One little boy's family found the right diagnosis and care for him among the Mayo Clinic vascular anomalies (malformations) team.

David, Truitt's father: The day Truitt was born, he wasn't supposed to make it. He wasn't supposed to be here today. It was a fight for his life for weeks.

Leisel, Truitt's mother: Having a child with something that nobody knows what it is and nobody knows what to do about it, it's kind of scary, but also very lonely.

David: When faced with the medical challenges that we had with Truitt, it was an easy decision to come to the Mayo Clinic.

Megha Tollefson, M.D., Medical Director, Vascular Malformations Specialty Clinic: When we first saw Truitt, one of the first things that goes through my mind is what is the right diagnosis? And I wanted to work with my colleagues here in radiology and interventional radiology, and general pediatrics, plastic surgery, pulmonary, and agree upon what we might think is the right diagnosis for Truitt and then how to go on taking care of him. The vascular malformation specialty clinic here is really a group of specialties and a group of physicians and other healthcare team members. And what we're able to do by bringing everyone together is really deliver a package of care.

David: They have really done an amazing job of being the quarterback for our medical care. They recognize the investment that it takes for us to be able to come up here and have gone above and beyond to try and help make each trip as meaningful for Truitt as it possibly can be.

Dr. Tollefson: The appointment office is one of the biggest, biggest components of this. There is a lead scheduler in the appointment office that schedules all of our vascular malformations patients.

Leisel: By having multiple doctors reviewing his case all at once, it accomplishes what would take us months to accomplish someplace else in just a matter of a couple of days.

Dr. Tollefson: We have so many enthusiastic people that are a part of this clinic that are so knowledgeable, humble, motivated, diligent, and that is really dedicated to making people's lives better.

David: Truitt's care team at Mayo has not only demonstrated excellence from a medical standpoint, but shown us time and again how much they care. They've empowered us and equipped us to provide that care to him. They've taken into account what our family can actually do.

Leisel: I receive so much encouragement from Truitt's physicians when they say you're doing a great job. That goes leaps and bounds for my encouragement to help me know I'm doing what I need to do and I am caring for him the way I should be caring for him.

The Gonda Vascular Center at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota is devoted to providing advanced diagnosis and treatment in a compassionate environment for people with vascular diseases.

The vascular system is the body's system of blood vessels, which includes arteries, veins and lymph vessels. The arteries and veins carry blood from the heart to the tissues throughout the body and back to the heart. Vascular diseases involve narrowing of arteries by plaques and reduced blood flow. These diseases might affect blood vessels to the arms, legs, head and neck, or to the abdominal organs, such as the kidneys and the bowel. In addition, ballooning of the arteries causes aneurysm. This usually occurs in the main artery of the body (aorta), resulting in aortic aneurysms. Rupture of these may cause bleeding and even death.

Vascular center doctors review a patient's scans.

Mayo Clinic vascular center doctors work together to ensure you receive the correct diagnosis the first time.

Numerous problems can result from these diseases — ranging from leg pain during physical activity (claudication) to deterioration of skin leading to ulcers and gangrene. If a condition is severe, it may require open vascular surgery or endovascular interventions.

An aortic aneurysm can be repaired with stent-grafts or open surgery. Acute leg swelling due to blood clots may need treatment with drugs or interventions. Varicose veins or leg ulcers due to vein problems may need intensive medical treatment, surgery or other interventions. Long-lasting or chronic thrombosis or compression of the main vein in the abdomen or pelvis (the inferior vena cava and iliac veins) can cause leg swelling, skin changes and even ulcers. This can be treated with stent placement.

Your visit to the Gonda Vascular Center offers a high degree of coordinated care, beginning with an examination by a vascular medicine specialist. Your care team may also include experts in diagnostic and interventional radiology and vascular and endovascular surgery depending on your situation. Your diagnostic and treatment journey may include visits to the noninvasive vascular imaging lab, the physiology lab, and endovascular therapy or vascular surgical services, which are all available in one location.

The Gonda Vascular Center is located in the Gonda Building, a superb physical space that , when paired with compassionate experts who have access to advanced technology, strengthens the center's effectiveness in providing exactly the care you need.

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  • Minnesota
  • 507-266-6700
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Central time
  • Monday through Friday
Sept. 12, 2023