Vascular surgeons deal with diseases of the circulatory system and are amongst the few specialists that are actively involved in the prevention and diagnosis of circulatory disorders, along with their medical, enovascular and surgical management. This makes vascular surgery an extremely diverse and challenging specialty.
The typical workload of the modern vascular specialist involves operating in different body areas for a variety of indications ranging from aneurysmal disease, to stroke prevention and limb salvage, at times using conventional surgical techniques but also minimally invasive endovascular procedures.
Most breakthroughs in operative vascular surgical technique were pioneered by Alexis Carrel, a Nobel Prize laureate for his work at the turn of the 20th century. Rene Leriche, Michael DeBakey and Charles Dotter are amongst the figures that modernized and helped diversify vascular surgery into a separate specialty in its own right.
Areas of subspecialist interest include:
- The treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms
- The treatment of carotid artery stenosis and stroke prevention
- Limb salvage and peripheral arterial reconstruction
- Venous disease and varicose vein treatment
- Vascular access surgery