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Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

What is vascular surgery?

Vascular surgery is the assessment and treatment of blood vessel diseases, including both arterial and venous disorders. It encompasses a wide range of diagnosis from simple spider veins to life-threatening abdominal aortic aneurysms. Treatment procedures are related to reestablishment of impaired circulation.

Who is a vascular surgeon?

A vascular surgeon is a physician who has met rigorous educational requirements including 4 hears of college, four years of medical school, five years of general surgery residency, and wo years as a vascular fellowship trainee. A vascular surgeon cares for patients with diseases that affect the arteries and veins throughout the body. This medical specialty first emerged in the early 1950s. Over the ensuing decades, pioneers in this specialty expanded our knowledge of the disease processes that affect blood vessels and helped to develop many of the diagnostic modalities and treatments that we use today.

What conditions or diseases does a vascular surgeon provide care for?

A vascular surgeon provides care and performs procedures on patients with diseases, disorders, or inflammation of the veins and arteries. See Conditions for examples of these blood vessel diseases or conditions.