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. Cardiothoracic surgeons manage surgical disease of the heart and its vessels.
The Vascular Program at McLeod includes:
- Fellowship Trained Vascular Surgeons:
Dr. Christopher Cunningham
Dr. Gabor Winkler
Dr. Carmen Piccolo
Dr. David Bjerken
Dr. Eva Rzucidlo
- A dedicated vascular surgical team that is on call after hours for the handling of emergency cases.
- An ICVAL certified non-invasive laboratory to aid in the diagnosis of vascular disease.
Vascular Services are available at McLeod Regional Medical Center and McLeod Seacoast as well as a Vascular Clinic at McLeod Health Cheraw. To schedule an appointment at any of these locations, please call 888-812-5143.
The McLeod Vascular Program has been featured in an article in Endovascular Today, Click here to view this article.
What Is A Vascular Surgeon?
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.