What is Vascular Surgery? 3 Things to Know

A vascular condition can quickly become serious. From diabetes to peripheral artery disease (PAD), these conditions should be taken seriously and addressed as soon as possible. Whether you’re referred by your primary care physician or you’ve already seen a vascular specialist, vascular surgery can treat a wide range of conditions.

However, most of us aren’t specialized in the vascular system and may not know where to start. Here, we’ll break down the common questions we see here at General and Vascular Surgery (GVS) to help you learn more about the vascular system in general, and why certain procedures may be necessary.

3 Common Questions About Vascular Surgery

The vascular system is complex and affects the entire body— from your brain down to the tips of your toes. This is why it’s so important to address any vascular concerns and make sure you’ve found the right surgeon who can offer the latest technologies and treatments.

  • What is the vascular system?

Your vascular system is composed of the vessels that carry blood throughout your body—both to and from—your heart. This includes both veins and arteries that carry oxygen to all vital organs and extremities.

  • Why would you be referred to a vascular surgeon?

As we age, we can develop atherosclerosis, also known as peripheral arterial disease (PAD), which is a “disease process leading to the hardening and narrowing of our arteries.” This results in plaque buildup inside the arteries, making it more difficult for oxygenated blood to reach our entire body—including vital organs—all the way to our fingers and toes. This can lead to more serious health issues, such as heart attack, stroke, amputation, and more.

  • What is vascular surgery?

A vascular surgical procedure treats diseases and complications of the vascular system.

There is a wide range of vascular surgical procedures, both minimally invasive and open, including:

  • Amputation
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Catheter-directed thrombolytic therapy
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Dialysis
  • Endovascular repair
  • Endovascular treatment
  • Open surgery
  • Peripherally inserted central catheter line
  • Repair of a thoracic aortic aneurysm
  • Surgical bypass
  • Surgical bypass for aortoiliac occlusive disease
  • Thoracic endovascular aortic repair
  • Thrombolytic therapy
  • Transcarotid artery revascularization

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) offers vascular surgery videos to help you learn more about specific treatments you may be considering.

Vascular surgery with GVS

At GVS, our board-certified, top-rated, vascular surgery specialists offer the latest procedures and technology while maintaining our focus on patient-centered care. If you’re still researching “vascular surgery near me” look no further.

Do you have more detailed questions, such as: How much does vascular surgery cost?  What is the vascular surgery recovery time? Consult with a GVS physician today to answer any questions you may have.

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