Capital & Coast DHB Vascular Surgery Service
What is Vascular Surgery?
Vascular surgery is the branch of surgery that involves the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the vessels that carry blood away from (arteries) and back to (veins) your heart.
Vascular disorders include blockages and narrowings of the vessels, abnormal swellings of the vessels (aneurysm) or vessel malfunctions.
The disease processes involved in vascular disorders often involve other body systems and your treatment may therefore require the combined efforts of other medical specialists such as radiologists and general physicians.
When you come for your appointment your surgeon will ask questions about your illness and examine you to try to determine or confirm the diagnosis. You may also need a number of tests (e.g. blood tests, x-rays, scans etc). Sometimes these can all be done during one visit. For some conditions these will take several follow-up appointments. Occasionally some tests are arranged even before you attend for your outpatient appointment to try to speed up the process.
Once a diagnosis has been made your surgeon will discuss the treatment with you. In some cases this will mean surgery, while other cases can be managed with medication and advice.
If you are advised to have surgery your surgeon will discuss with you the surgical process and the likely outcome.
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Emergency Department: Open 24 hours / 7 days, Phone (04) 385 5999
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This page was last updated at 8:56AM on September 14, 2016. This information is reviewed and edited by Capital & Coast DHB Vascular Surgery Service.