Vascular surgery

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Vascular surgery is a specialized branch of surgery concerned with the diagnosis and management of conditions affecting the circulatory system, excluding the heart and brain. Vascular surgeons are trained to treat diseases of the arterial, venous, and lymphatic systems through medical therapy, minimally-invasive catheter procedures, and surgical reconstruction.

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Overview[edit | edit source]

Vascular surgeons manage a wide range of vascular disorders, from peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and aneurysms, to Varicose Veins and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). They also have expertise in dealing with conditions such as carotid artery disease, renal and mesenteric disorders, and trauma to blood vessels.

Conditions Treated[edit | edit source]

Some of the common conditions treated by vascular surgeons include:

Procedures Performed[edit | edit source]

Vascular surgeons perform a variety of procedures, including but not limited to:

Diagnostic Techniques[edit | edit source]

To diagnose vascular conditions, surgeons may use:

Training and Certification[edit | edit source]

Vascular surgeons undergo extensive training, including medical school, a general surgery residency, and additional fellowship training in vascular surgery. They must be certified by the appropriate surgical boards in their region, such as the American Board of Surgery in the United States.

Multidisciplinary Approach[edit | edit source]

The field often involves a multidisciplinary approach, coordinating care with cardiologists, radiologists, and endocrinologists to provide comprehensive care for patients with vascular diseases.

Future and Advancements[edit | edit source]

The future of vascular surgery is promising, with advancements in endovascular techniques and a focus on less invasive treatments. The development of new materials for grafts and stents, as well as improved imaging technologies, continue to evolve the field.

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