What is vascular surgery?
Vascular surgery is a surgical specialty that is dedicated to the treatment of conditions affecting blood vessels including arteries, veins and the lymphatic system. Some of the common vascular conditions treated include aortic aneurysms, stroke and mini strokes from carotid artery narrowing, poor leg circulation and varicose veins. (see a list below) The vascular surgeon is well trained to offer complete therapy such as patient counseling, medical treatment, minimal invasive balloon angioplasty, stenting of arteries and veins as well as reconstructive vascular surgery.
Who should be referred to a vascular surgeon?
the following is a list of common conditions that should be referred to a vascular surgeon. The list is categorized into emergencies which demands immediate referral; urgent conditions that should be referred within days and non-urgent patient who can afford to wait.
stroke or mini-strokes (TIA’s) with carotid artery narrowing
Ruptured or painful aortic aneurysm
aortic or other major arterial dissection
Sudden loss of bowel circulation (mesenteric ischemia)
Sudden onset of cold, pale, painful, numb or weak limb
Large blood vessel injuries from accidents
Sudden upper or lower limb swelling due to deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
Diabetic foot infection
Aortic and other arterial aneurysm in the chest, abdomen or pelvis
Chronic poor circulation to the bowel with weight loss and food avoidance behavior
Uncontrolled high blood pressure or kidney failure with evidence of kidney artery narrowing
Aneurysm in the upper or lower limb
Painful upper or lower limb due to lack of circulation
Non-healing wound or gangrene in upper or lower limb
Diabetic foot ulcers
Varicose veins that bled or are associated with skin ulcers or discoloration
Asymptomatic carotid artery narrowing
Thoracic outlet syndrome causing upper limb pain and/or poor circulation
Leg pain with walking due to poor circulation
Varicose veins causing discomfort
Chronic leg swelling due to venous or lymphatic problem