Test / Diagnostic Procedure: Vascular Service

The service offers a variety of vascular scans using ultrasound imaging, which has many advantages such as being non-invasive, and radiation free. Vascular ultrasound is used to evaluate the blood flow in the arteries and veins of the arms, neck and legs. Your clinician will use the test to diagnose blood clots and peripheral artery disease.

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What does a vascular specialist do?

Vascular surgeons diagnose and manage conditions affecting the circulation, including disease of the arteries and veins. They treat all parts of the vascular system apart from the heart and the brain.

Which conditions does our vascular service detect?

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Blood Clots
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Extracranial Carotid Artery Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Vascular Disease
  • Varicose Veins

Vascular Ultrasound

Vascular ultrasound is a non-invasive test healthcare providers use to determine how blood flows in arteries and veins in your arms, neck and legs. They use this test to diagnose blood clots, narrowed blood vessels, and other vascular health conditions.

You may need a vascular ultrasound if you have symptoms such as;

  • Burning feeling in your legs
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Pain in your buttocks, hips, thighs or calves, leg sores.

Types of treatment

See below the different types of treatments:

Carotid Artery Treatments:

Carotid endarterectomy

The main treatment for narrowing of the carotid arteries, but sometimes an alternative procedure called carotid artery stent placement may be available. It's a less invasive procedure than a carotid endarterectomy because there's no need to make a cut in the neck.

Extracranial carotid

Artery aneurysm requires surveillance using Doppler Ultrasound. Aneurysms require open surgery, and surgical clips.

Vein Treatments:

Deep vein thrombosis

Treatment for DVT usually involves taking anticoagulant medicines. These reduce the blood's ability to clot and stop existing clots getting bigger. Heparin and warfarin are 2 types of anticoagulant often used to treat DVT. Heparin is usually prescribed first because it works immediately to prevent further clotting.

Varicose veins

They are different depending on whether they are Larger varicose veins are generally treated with ligation and stripping, laser treatment, or radiofrequency treatment. In some cases, a combination of treatments may work best. Smaller varicose veins and spider veins are usually treated with sclerotherapy or laser therapy on your skin.