A vascular surgeon specializes in caring for people of all ages with diseases and conditions of the lymphatic system and blood vessels outside the heart and brain. Vascular surgeons use medical and surgical techniques to diagnose and treat many conditions, including blood clots, blood vessel blockages, and blood vessel injury. Vascular surgeons are also experts in preventing vascular problems, such as stroke and complications of diabetes.
A vascular surgeon typically:
Evaluates a patient’s medical history and educates the patient about vascular health and disease prevention
Performs a physical exam that includes evaluation of blood pressure, vital signs, and the health of the vascular and lymphatic system
Orders and interprets laboratory and imaging tests and prescribes medications
Screens, treats and monitors conditions that increase the risk of a serious vascular condition such as peripheral artery disease
Diagnoses and treats acute and chronic diseases and conditions that affect the blood vessels and lymphatic system including venous stasis ulcers, carotid artery disease, and gangrene
Performs diagnostic procedures and surgery
Provides direct care for vascular and lymphatic system conditions in the office, clinic, outpatient surgery center, and hospital
Works closely with your primary care doctor, other specialists, and members of your healthcare team to provide optimal care
Vascular surgeons may also be known by the following names: blood vessel surgeon, circulatory surgeon, artery surgeon, and vein surgeon.
There are 189 specialists practicing Vascular Surgery in Illinois with an overall average rating of 4.3 stars. There are 168 hospitals in Illinois with affiliated Vascular Surgery specialists, including Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center, HSHS St. John's Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.