What can I expect at a vascular appointment?
After discussing your history, the vascular surgeon will perform an exam in any areas where you’re having problems. They will diagnose your condition and recommend an appropriate treatment plan. It may include further tests, lifestyle changes, medication, surgery, or a combination of any of these.
What happens at first visit to vascular surgeon?
One of our vein specialists will provide a physical examination and talk to you about your medical history, vein problem and goals. You may have testing such as duplex ultrasound in our Vascular Laboratory to show us the blood flow in your veins. You don’t need a physician referral to see us.
What does a vascular surgeon look at?
Vascular surgeons are trained in the diagnosis and management of conditions affecting the circulation, including disease of the arteries, veins and lymphatic vessels. They treat all parts of the vascular system excluding the heart and the brain.
What does a vascular surgeon check for?
Vascular specialists are specifically trained to diagnose and treat vascular conditions like varicose veins, aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease, deep vein thrombosis, peripheral artery disease (PAD), and more.
What does a vascular test consist of?
Vascular studies use high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to measure the amount of blood flow in your blood vessels. A small handheld probe (transducer) is pressed against your skin. The sound waves move through your skin and other body tissues to the blood vessels. The sound waves echo off of the blood cells.
How long does a vascular scan take?
This ultrasound examination is usually completed within 30 to 45 minutes. Occasionally, complex examinations may take longer.
What procedures does a vascular surgeon do?
Common procedures performed by vascular surgeons include the opening of artery blockages, repair of veins to improve circulation, treatment of aneurysms (bulges) in the aorta and care of patients suffering vascular trauma.
What are symptoms of vascular problems?
Peripheral Vascular Disease Symptoms
- Buttock pain.
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs.
- Burning or aching pain in the feet or toes while resting.
- A sore on a leg or a foot that will not heal.
- One or both legs or feet feeling cold or changing color (pale, bluish, dark reddish)
- Loss of hair on the legs.
How long is recovery after vascular surgery?
How long will it take to recover? After open vascular surgery, you should expect five to 10 days in the hospital and about three months of recovery time at home. Keep the surgical area clean and dry—you might need sponge baths rather than regular showers for a while.
What’s the difference between a cardiologist and a vascular surgeon?
Vascular surgeons and cardiologists are quite specialized in their respective fields, but they are not the same specialization. Cardio refers to issues of the heart whereas vascular refers to issues of the circulation system outside the heart.
Do vascular surgeons do amputations?
General and vascular surgeons now perform the vast majority of amputations, and physiatrists oversee rehabilitation.