When looking for help with your health, wouldn’t you want to be in the best hands? When you need vascular surgery, it comes with various diagnostics, evaluations, treatments, aftercare, and risks. Trusting a board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeon is absolutely in your best interest!
What Is Vascular Surgery?
When a patient has a vascular disease that can’t be treated by less invasive means, vascular surgery becomes the best option. The purpose of it is to treat diseases of the arteries and veins, which are vascular diseases such as blood clots, spider and varicose veins, carotid stenosis, or life-threatening aneurysms. Vascular surgery involves careful and specialized techniques to improve weak, damaged, or clogged blood flow within the vessels.
Vascular surgeons serve as medical managers for their patients, ensuring that they’re educated about their health issues and their best options. With years of specialized training, vascular surgeons are confident in performing each type of vascular intervention—both open, complicated surgeries and minimally invasive, endovascular procedures.
Board Certification and Fellowship Training
It takes several years of training before a doctor becomes a vascular surgeon. In addition, it takes mastering the intricacies of vascular surgery and a vigorous exam to become board-certified. Becoming certified ensures that a doctor has met a defined standard of education, training, and knowledge in their field. This means that board-certified vascular surgeons are experts in diagnostics, patient care, and patient instruction.
A surgeon who is board-certified or has met other standards comparable to certification can become a Fellow. Vascular surgeons who choose to take on a fellowship pursue additional subspecialty training and devote themselves to continual learning and professional development.
Getting board-certified or becoming a Fellow are voluntary processes and demonstrate a surgeon’s commitment to professionalism, lifelong learning, and quality patient care. This is extremely important since vascular surgery is technically demanding and the diseases that the surgeons treat can be limb-threatening, stroke-threatening, or even life-threatening.
Trusting The Professionals
Vascular surgeons develop treatment plans unique to a patient’s needs, which makes surgery intricate, demanding, and certainly not a “one-size-fits-all” procedure. With committed, board-certified, and fellowship trained physicians, it’s ensured that they’re equipped with the latest knowledge, innovations, and care techniques.
Take a look at this woman’s story. She underwent vascular surgery to clear clots that were blocking blood flow to her legs, topped with a number of other complications. With a trusted vascular surgeon, she learned exactly what was being done, how it went, and then recovered from a successful procedure.
Here at Collom & Carney Clinic, Dr. DeCaprio is board-certified and fellowship-trained specifically in vascular surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has devoted the last 18 years to vascular and endovascular surgery.