Frequently Asked Questions
A vascular surgeon is board certified in general surgery and then completes additional training and testing in vascular surgery. They are a specialist who can diagnose and manage disorders that affect the arteries, veins and lymphatic systems specializing in the medical and surgical management of all the diseases outside of the heart and brain.A vascular specialist will perform open operations, endovascular catheter-based procedures, reconstructive vascular surgery and non-invasive vascular testing and interpretations. While a vascular specialist operates on the veins and arteries, they will not operate on the heart or the blood vessels around the heart like a cardiovascular specialist would.
A vascular specialist differs from a cardiovascular specialist.
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As a convenience to our patients we provide several services in our offices. All clinics offer a comprehensive in-office vascular ultrasound testing labs. Several of our locations have outpatient Cath Lab interventional suites where our physicians can perform procedures previously restricted to a hospital setting. We also have an in office prosthetic department that can provide prosthetic care. All these services can potentially be performed on the same day as you appointment if allowed by your insurance provider.
PVA physicians understand that vascular disease can have a complex presentation and that the best treatment is not always straight forward. PVA physicians are available to evaluate patients and provide a second opinion and go over all of the treatment options with patients, ensuring that all of their questions are answered.