What does a Vascular Surgeon treat?
Defined by Wikepedia: “Vascular surgery is a specialty of surgery in which diseases of the vascular system, or arteries and veins, are managed by medical therapy, minimally-invasive catheter procedures, and surgical reconstruction…the vascular surgeon is trained in the diagnosis and management of diseases affecting all parts of the vascular system except that of the heart and brain.”
Defined by VascularWeb .org (excerpt): ” Who is a vascular surgeon? A vascular surgeon is a highly trained physician dedicated exclusively to the care of disorders of the circulatory system, including the arteries and the veins.
What type of training is involved? Defined by Wikepedia: ” Previously considered a field within general surgery, it is now considered a specialty in its own right. As a result, there are two pathways for training in the United States. Traditionally, a five year general surgery residency is followed by a 1-2 year (typically 2 years) vascular surgery fellowship. An alternative path is to perform a five or six year vascular surgery residency. Programs of training are slightly different depending on the region of the world one is in.”
When seeking care and treatment for your veins and arterial concerns: The Vascular Surgeon is SPECIALIZED in treating VEINS AND ARTERIES! That is the doctor’s specialty. Veins and arteries are NOT a sub-specialty. Sometimes you’ll notice when searching for a doctor to treat veins, medical facilities will advertise their physician as a “certified vein specialist”. This title does not mean they are a vascular surgeon. A board certified vein specialist does have vein treatment training, but vein treatment is considered a sub-specialty.
Use your own comfort level when seeking vein and artery care. Finding the right physician can be tough! Sometimes its wise to interview several doctors before making a decision on where to invest your time.
Hannum Vascular Blog Author: Jessica A. Hannum | Clinical Director, Hannum Vascular Clinic and Vein Treatment Center