Vascular surgery is the name given to any surgery on the vascular system - that is, the veins and arteries which carry blood around the body. It encompasses surgery to help with the following problems:
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Varicose veins
As yu can see, vascular surgery procedures can be for serious conditions and less serious ones. What to expect will depend largely depend on the seriousness of your condition. There are many vascular procedures that can be carried out under a local anesthetic; the patient is often walking home later on the same day.
However, for more deep surgery, or more complex procedures, a general anaesthetic is always needed. In recent years doctors have made great advances in exploring less invasive methods for vascular surgery. Ultrasound technology is used to help locate problem areas, and lasers to attack troublesome veins; things like this have made even complicated treatment much less invasive, and reduced recovery times. Vascular surgery is thought to have a very high success rate, and there is a good chance that after the surgery the problem will not recur.
A recent development in vascular treatment is laser therapy. Rather than relying on the use of the scalpel, surgeons are now able to treat many vascular problems, especially varicose veins, by using much less invasive laser treatments