The vascular surgery is a branch of surgery that will take care of surgical interventions for the resolution or improvement of the prognosis of pathologies of the blood vessels of the organism, using derivation, replacement, repair and removal techniques.
What does the vascular surgeon do?
The vascular surgeon is a professional in the interventions conducted on the blood vessels of the body. His job is to treat or improve the condition of the pathologies that occur in these organs.
What are the diseases most often treated by the vascular surgeon?
The vascular surgeon usually treats the following pathologies:
- abdominal aortic aneurysms
- peripheral arterial disease
- cerebrovascular insufficiency
- varicose veins
What are the most used procedures by the vascular surgeon?
From an interventional point of view, the procedures that the vascular surgeon uses most frequently are:
- amputation (only if the limb affected by arteriopathy is not recoverable)
- endarterectomy (to remove plaques in the artery that cause obstruction)
- bypass insertion
- traditional or endovascular surgical repair of the abdominal aortic aneurysm
- sclerotherapy (to heal varicose veins)
- venous stripping (removal of a vein segment in the treatment of varicose veins)
- laser treatment
From a purely diagnostic point of view:
- blood test for markers of cholesterol or other artery diseases
- magnetic resonance angiography
- angiography with computed tomography
- ankle-arm index
- nuclear magnetic resonance
When to ask the vascular surgeon for an appointment?
The appointment with a vascular surgeon must be made in all those cases where there is a prescription from the general practitioner , or when it is necessary to monitor the post-operative course.