A vascular surgeon is an umbrella term for a doctor who diagnoses and treats diseases and abnormalities of the circulatory and/or lymphatic systems. They can provide services ranging from venous surgery to minimally-invasive procedures using catheters to prescription medications. They generally do not work on vessels within the brain or heart, however; neurosurgeons or cardiothoracic surgeons are better off handling those.
What Does a Vascular Surgeon Do?
Vascular surgeons perform surgeries and minimally-invasive procedures on arteries and veins. They are known to treat conditions like spider veins, varicose veins, blood clots and arterial diseases.
Vascular surgeons perform many endovascular procedures in which they use lasers or radiofrequency energy to affect vein tissue. They may even prevent strokes and other serious health conditions if they find and repair a blocked artery before it causes any symptoms.
What is Vasculitis?
Vasculitis is a catch-all term for inflammation of the blood vessel walls, which can be caused by a variety of diseases. If only arteries are inflamed, the condition might be called arteritis; if only veins are involved, it might also be called venlitis. A vascular surgeon may be able to address this issue, as well a wide variety of other issues.
What Other Procedures Does a Vascular Surgeon Perform?
Our doctors can perform a range of procedures using minimally-invasive techniques. These may include microphlebectomy, endovenous laser ablation, sclerotherapy (whether it be visual or with the use of ultrasound or foam) and radiofrequency ablation.
Sometimes, our vascular surgeon does not need to perform a surgery or a procedure at all. Many of our patients come to our office with venous issues and our team is able to relieve their symptoms using more conservative treatment options, such as compression stockings. Even things as simple as making lifestyle changes can help to treat venous issues.
Learn More About the Benefits of Seeing a Vascular Surgeon
At the South Texas Vein Institute in Edinburg, Dr. Carlos Garcia-Cantu and Dr. John G. Orfanos are committed to helping patients with their venous issues. They are up to date on all of the latest and greatest innovations and techniques, offering procedures that require significantly less downtime and discomfort than more traditional methods of vein removal, such as vein stripping.
Schedule a consultation at the South Texas Vein Institute in Edinburg to have your venous issues evaluated and diagnosed, and to get started on a treatment plan. Contact us today to book your appointment.