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Endovascular Surgeon

What is an Endovascular Surgeon?

Vascular surgeons are specialists who treat diseases of the vascular system, ensuring that blood flow is not obstructed in any part of the body. An endovascular surgeon is further trained – through residency and fellowships – to use minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat vascular disease and often repair aneurysms, which are weak spots in arteries. By using techniques with small cuts and long, thin tubes, called catheters, to access arteries and veins, patients often have faster recoveries and shorter hospital stays than with open surgery.

When to see an Endovascular Surgeon

Often times, the diagnosis of an urgent medical condition, such as an aneurysm or stroke, will prompt a visit with an endovascular surgeon, but endovascular surgeons also treat varicose veins, venous ulcers, and vascular malformations. If your legs are hurting, swollen, or discolored, you should schedule a visit with an endovascular surgeon. Disease of the veins can show up through enlarged blood vessels, spider veins, and varicose veins. Patients experiencing an aneurysm might first notice sudden abdominal or back pain. Stroke symptoms include confusion, blurred vision, numbness, and weakness on one side of the body. Aneurysms and stroke are medical emergencies that need urgent treatment.

What to expect during a visit to an Endovascular Surgeon

A history of stroke-like symptoms may prompt an endovascular surgeon to order a carotid ultrasound, a CT scan, or an MR scan. An ultrasound or CT scan may be used to identify an aneurysm. In addition to imaging, an endovascular surgeon will discuss medical history, family history, and specific symptoms. Patients should make sure the doctor has access to past medical records prior to the first appointment. Take time to write down your questions, concerns, and symptoms before the visit.

Treatments by an Endovascular Surgeon

Many vascular conditions can be improved or managed by exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, and managing cholesterol and blood pressure. Your doctor will discuss lifestyle changes with you, as well as medications and surgical options that may help you. Other treatment options may include minimally invasive procedures, including balloon angioplasty, atherectomy, stent procedures, and open surgical repair. The doctor will develop a plan specific to their patient’s condition and needs.

What you can expect at UTHealth Houston Neurosciences

UTHealth Houston Neurosciences brings together a multidisciplinary team of board-certified, fellowship-trained neuro-ophthalmologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, researchers, and pain management specialists who works to help provide relief for even the most complex problems. Your team will share insights, leading to better treatment decisions and outcomes.

We first investigate nonsurgical treatment options, including medical management, pain management, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and watchful waiting. When surgery is needed, our neurosurgeons routinely employ innovative minimally invasive techniques. Throughout the treatment process, we will work closely with the doctor who referred you to ensure a smooth transition back to your regular care. While you are with us, you will receive expert care, excellent communication, and genuine compassion.

Contact Us

At UTHealth Houston Neurosciences, we offer patients access to specialized neurological care at clinics across the greater Houston area. To ask us a question, schedule an appointment, or learn more about us, please call (713) 486-8000, or click below to send us a message. In the event of an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.