Written November 18, 2021Encino Vascular Institute
Thousand Oaks CA Vascular Surgeon

Arteries and veins are primarily responsible for transporting oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout the body, ensuring the proper functioning of muscles, tissues, cells, and organs in what is called the vascular, cardiovascular, or circulatory system.

Don’t hesitate to contact your local vascular surgeon in Thousand Oaks, CA if you believe you suffer from one of the conditions above.

A vascular surgeon is a specialist that diagnoses, treats, and cures complications that arise in our vascular system that range from varicose and spider veins to severe conditions like aneurysms, coronary artery disease, and heart attacks. 

Vascular disease can present itself at any age, but is more prevalent in older patients, and those with underlying health conditions or risk factors.

Common types of vascular disease treated by vascular surgeons include:

Atherosclerosis

The most common cause of heart disease, atherosclerosis is when fatty deposits form along the arteries, progressively turning into plaque and decreasing blood flow to tissues and structures.  

Aneurysm

This condition occurs when there is a weak spot in the arteries.

Varicose Veins

A condition when the leg veins are twisted and swollen, leading to painful aches in the legs.

Spider Veins

A condition when the veins below the skin surface form webs.

DVT (Deep vein thrombosis)

A condition when blood clots are formed in one or more veins present deep in the skin- 

PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease)

A condition when there is a blockage in the arteries which supply blood to the limbs and neck.

Blockage

Inflammation can cause a range of disorders, including the partial or complete blockage of blood vessels. Blockage can also be caused by trauma or injury. 

Vascular Surgeons: What They Do 

Some vascular conditions may involve more than one bodily system at a time, such as the lymphatic, respiratory, and central nervous systems. 

Because of this, vascular surgeons often work closely with other specialists such as in cardiology, internal medicine, and radiology to ensure comprehensive patient care.

Contrary to the title, a vascular surgeon does a lot more than just surgery, offering a broad range of medical treatments and solutions that include both surgical and non-surgical treatments.

A board-certified vascular surgeon can offer comprehensive care which includes prescription medications, physical therapy, lifestyle changes, and surgical procedures. 

Most vascular patients don’t require surgery and can make lifestyle changes to avoid vascular disease.

If surgery is necessary, a vascular surgeon will ensure their patients understand their options. 

Recent innovations in vascular surgery have made open surgeries less common and endovascular procedures that require only a tiny incision more commonplace. 

The Training Of A Vascular Surgeon

Vascular surgeons train for years to become experts in their field. In addition to medical school, an extensive residency program is in place for medical students who want to become vascular surgeons. 

  • 5+2 Track: A surgical residency for five years followed by vascular surgical residency for two
  • 4+2 Track: Surgical residency for four years followed by vascular surgery for two
  • 0+5 Track: Meant for students that have already elected vascular surgery, this includes three years of vascular surgery residency followed by two years of core surgical training. 

If you or a loved one suspect or have been diagnosed with a vascular condition, reach out to Encino Vascular Institute for specialized care from vascular surgeon in Thousand Oaks, CA dedicated to helping patients achieve superior results. You can reach us at 16311 Ventura Blvd Suite 1080p, Encino, CA 91436
or simply give us a call at (818) 908-9752.

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