What is vascular surgery?


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Vascular surgery is a type of surgical procedure that is performed to treat patients who are diagnosed with arterial or venous conditions or vascular diseases. Among the diseases that can be treated with vascular surgery are arterial diseases, such as aneurysm and ischemia, venous conditions, such as varicose veins and thrombosis and lymphatic diseases. Vascular surgical procedures are also used as treatment for non-vascular medical conditions, such as scleroderma and Raynaud's syndrome.

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Dr. Charles Dotter, an American interventional radiologist who is credited for inventing angioplasty, is considered to be one of the pioneers in the field of vascular surgery. Russian surgeon Nikolai Korotkov on the other hand, is noted for developing the earliest techniques for the procedure. It was American Edwin Wylie who pushed for the recognition of vascular surgery as an area of medical specialty in the 1970s in the United States. He likewise advocated the specialized training in vascular surgery.

Vascular diseases are common among older individuals. These type of medical conditions have few and barely recognizable symptoms, which is why many people are not aware that they are actually suffering from such medical conditions. There are also several factors that contribute to the development of vascular diseases and these include aging, genetic predisposition, injury, unhealthy lifestyles and other medical conditions that affect the cardiovascular system.

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