A checklist to ensure you have hired a competent vascular surgeon

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A checklist to ensure you have hired a competent vascular surgeon

26 September 2018
 Categories: Health & Medical , Blog

A vascular surgeon is a medical specialist who deals with illnesses of the vascular system. Your vascular system consists of your blood vessels, that is the arteries and the veins. Therefore, a vascular surgeon will diagnose and treat illnesses such as varicose veins, peripheral artery disease, spider veins, blood clots within the vessel such as thrombus and so on. Aside from merely carrying out a surgical procedure, a vascular surgeon will also assist the patient to manage the conditions. If your general physician has referred you to a vascular physician, or if you suspect you might be suffering from vascular disease, you need to make sure you seek the services of a competent vascular surgeon. Below are some of the things you can look at to make sure your vascular surgeon is a reliable one. 

Quality training

The blood vessels in your body keep you alive as they either carry oxygen-rich blood to your heart (arteries) or blood lacking oxygen back to the heart (veins). You want someone who underwent rigorous training in the area, especially if you need a surgical procedure to be performed. Ideally, any doctor is required to go through medical school and residency before they can apply for a license to practice. For competence purposes, inquire whether they trained for the specific procedure they are about to perform on you. 

Adequate experience

Blood vessels are located practically all over the body, including next to the heart. Therefore, the source of your problem could be anywhere in the body. It is generally comforting to know that the person who is going to insert medical tools such as catheters in such places has done it before. When you want to visit a vascular surgeon's office, make sure that they have done a procedure similar to your before. A practitioner who has seen several patients with your condition is highly proficient. Even if your condition is complicated or risky, they are better placed to perform it because it is more of a routine than it is a difficult task.

Positive reputation

You need to seek the services of a vascular surgeon with a good reputation among the patients they have treated, and among other practitioners within the medical field. If it is your first time visiting the vascular surgeon's office, you will rely heavily on recommendations. The best option is to ask your general physician to point you towards the right direction. If you have a vascular surgeon in mind, ask your GP about them, if they do not have a good reputation, then do not seek their services.