Vascular surgeons are specialists who are highly trained to treat diseases of the vascular system. Your blood vessels -- arteries carrying oxygen-rich blood and veins carrying blood back to the heart -- are the roadways of your circulatory system. Without smoothly flowing blood, your body cannot function. Conditions such as hardening of the arteries can create “traffic jams” in your circulatory system, obstructing the flow of blood to any part of the body.
A vascular surgeon does far more than surgery. A vascular surgeon makes sure patients with vascular health issues know and understand all their options. In short, vascular surgeons can do surgery, but they see and treat many patients who don’t require surgery. Vascular surgeons will talk to you about how exercise, diet and medication can be the first steps in regaining your health.
The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) accredits imaging facilities and hospitals specific to vascular testing. IAC accreditation is a means by which facilities can evaluate and demonstrate the level of patient care they provide.