The world of medicine and healthcare is a strange one. Long, unpredictable hours, multiple varieties of surgeons and a high amount of stress makes the industry seem like something of a circus. One of the most confusing aspects of the surgical profession is the sheer amount of specialties available. The American College of Surgeons recognizes 14 different specialties, including neurological, orthopedic, and cardiothoracic surgery. My personal favorite is vascular surgery, as I am a vascular surgeon. Due to the multiple varieties of surgeons, most people cannot distinguish one from the other, and so I figured, as my first blog post, I would help shed some light on the basics of what a vascular surgeon does.
What does a vascular surgeon do?
Put simply, vascular surgeons are highly trained specialists who can help treat diseases or issues of the human vascular system.
What is the vascular system?
The vascular system is the series of blood vessels that carry blood throughout the body. The vascular system is a large, complicated tangle of veins and arteries running throughout the entire human body. It is also known as the circulatory system.
What diseases do vascular surgeons treat?
As previously mentioned, vascular surgeons are specially trained to treat multiple types of issues with the vascular system. Vascular surgeons can be trained to deal with peripheral arterial disease, blocked arteries, and even issues of the aorta. I am trained to treat anything from abdominal aortic aneurysms to ventral hernias.
What surgeries can vascular surgeons perform?
Because vascular surgeons are so highly trained, we can perform just about any procedure regarding the circular system, however, some tend to specialize in specific types of surgery. From minimally invasive to open surgery, we can do it all. Personally, I specialize in minimally invasive interventions.
We don’t just perform surgery
Obviously as a surgeon, regardless of the specialty, the main focus of our work is dedicated to performing surgeries. However, that is not to say that that is our only focus. As a vascular surgeon, I also see patients who do not necessarily require an operation. Instead, we help to guide and inform them of their particular issues, and offer alternative solutions.
Again, a surgeon’s world is a hectic one. Hopefully this article has shed some light on what a vascular surgeon is, and what exactly it is that we do.