A vascular surgeon is a specialist who evaluates and treats diseases of the blood vessels. Treatment can include traditional open surgery and endovascular approaches. Endovascular is minimally invasive surgery that is designed to access the area of the body through the major blood vessels.
Some of the surgeries performed by a vascular surgeon may include:
- Removing the plaque from an artery
- Bypassing the area of obstruction with a graft
- Performing endovascular procedures
Because of their training, vascular surgeons are uniquely qualified to diagnose all vascular diseases and interpret a wide variety of diagnostic tests.