Timely and considerate care of the arterial and venous systems.
There is still the misconception that vascular surgeons are only involved with patients they are ready to take to the operating room. This idea can in fact delay proper medical care for patients with vascular disease. Therefore, it is important for referring physicians to understand that vascular surgeons manage both medical and surgical aspects of vascular diseases.
In fact, it is preferable for patients to be seen by a vascular surgeon when there is any suspicion of vascular problems. Seeing these patients early in the game could prevent them from ending up with further complications. Early targeted vascular testing is critical to streamlining care.
So who should you refer to a vascular surgeon?
Commonly, patients who present with:
These are some of the most common signs and symptoms. However, when in doubt, it would be in the patient’s best interest to just contact a vascular surgeon and ask if the patient should be seen by them or not.