Vascular specialists : Specialists
What does vascular mean?
The term ‘vascular’ refers to the series of veins and arteries that run throughout the whole of the body.
This extensive area is subject to a vast array of diseases which includes varicose veins and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
As a result of this, treatment may be undertaken by a vascular specialist, vascular surgeon, phlebologist or intervention radiologist.
What is a vascular specialist?
This is a highly trained professional who specialises in a particular area of the vascular system. They will diagnose and treat all manner of vascular diseases which include:
- Varicose veins (the most common type of disease)
- Coronary thrombosis (blocked artery to the heart)
- Cerebral haemorrhage (bleeding in the brain)
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm (swelling of the part of the aorta present within the abdomen)
What does a vascular specialist do?
He or she will treat a whole range of vascular diseases such as those mentioned above. A vascular surgeon will perform a range of procedures to treat vascular complaints which include:
- Vein stripping (for varicose veins)
- Carotid stenting (to widen the carotid artery to prevent strokes)
- Angioplasty (to treat obstructions in the major arteries in the arms and legs)
Another type of vascular specialist is a phlebologist who specialty is vein disorders. He/she will use non-surgical methods to treat vascular diseases, e.g. varicose veins which include:
- Endovenous laser treatment which heats up the vein and shuts it down.
- Radio frequency ablation which uses electrical currents to heat a varicose vein and close it down.