The Role of Vascular Surgeons vs other “Vascular Specialists”

Sometimes health specializations can be very confusing. Many different medical specialists call themselves “vascular specialists, so knowing what each specialist does and does not do can help patients choose the right provider for each patient’s specific vascular health needs. Cardiologists, interventional radiologists, and vascular surgeons are all medical experts, but each specialist has been trained in and spent their career dedicated to different medical conditions.

The Role of a Cardiologist

Also known as heart doctors, cardiologists are medical professionals who are specifically trained to diagnose and treat heart disease and other conditions related to the cardiovascular system. cardiologists use medications and at times, provide dietary and other wellness recommendations to treat heart and vascular conditions.

 The Role of an Interventional Radiologist

An interventional radiologist combines competence in imaging, image-guided minimally invasive procedures, and periprocedural patient care to diagnose and treat benign and malignant conditions of the thorax, abdomen, pelvis, and extremities.

The Role of a Vascular Surgeon

From varicose veins to stroke prevention, peripheral vascular disease to non-healing wounds vascular surgeon’s role is in the care of all blood vessels, vascular diseases, and vascular conditions, with the exception of the heart and brain.

A vascular surgeon is extensively trained in all forms of vascular intervention and are able to perform all necessary treatments for those conditions including endovascular and open surgical procedures.  However, rather than merely focusing on performing procedures a vascular surgeon ensures that vascular patients understand all their treatment options.  Often, vascular conditions can be treated with medication or lifestyle changes such as exercise, and diet.  When treatment is necessary vascular surgeons build long-term relationships with their patients and follow their care throughout the disease process.

At Western Vascular Institute our surgeons try to perform as many tests and treatments as possible at our facilities to make the patient experience convenient and stress-free.  All our patients are assessed, diagnosed, treated, and followed by one of our board-certified vascular surgeons and are backed by a caring and dedicated staff.