The Surgeons of Michigan Vascular Center serve the Physicians of Mid- Michigan as a resource for the management of patients with arterial and venous disorders. As subspecialists, MVC Surgeons provide focused and in-depth opinions regarding the management of these patients both operatively and non-operatively.
Vascular surgery is a Nationally accredited surgical specialty involving the diagnosis and treatment of arteries, veins and lymphatic systems, exclusive of the heart and brain. The American Board of Surgery requires specific training in this specialty. Each Vascular specialist at Michigan Vascular Center spent five years in General Surgery residency. After becoming General Surgeons, they entered specialized training in Vascular Surgery. They are highly trained and specialized in the treatment of arterial and venous problems.
Unlike other specialties who perform a limited number of vascular procedures, Vascular Surgeons only treat vascular disease and injury. As such, we at Michigan Vascular Center have gained considerable insight into the diagnosis and treatment of vascular problems. We are privileged to share that insight with our colleagues and patients.
The treatment of vascular disease is a rapidly changing field. We believe you want specialist who is 100% focused in this area and able to keep up with the most recent advances in treatment. That is Michigan Vascular Center.
"A general surgeon is a specialist who is trained to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with a broad spectrum of surgical conditions affecting almost any area of the body. The surgeon establishes the diagnosis and provides the preoperative, operative, and postoperative care to patients and is often responsible for the comprehensive management of the trauma victim and the critically ill patient. The general surgeon has the knowledge and technical skills to manage conditions that relate to the head and neck, breast, skin and soft tissues, abdomen, extremities, and the gastrointestinal, vascular, and endocrine systems."
Surgeons may further specialize in an additional board certification from the American Board of Surgery in the following areas: Pediatric Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Surgery of the Hand,& Critical Care Surgery.
"A vascular surgeon is a surgical specialist who cares for patients with diseases that affect the arteries, veins, and lymphatic systems exclusive of the heart and intracranial (within the brain) circulations. Hardening of the arteries or atherosclerosis is a common cause of vascular disease. Specialists in this field perform open operations, endovascular catheter-based procedures, and non-invasive vascular testing and interpretations. Common problems treated include stroke prevention by managing arterial blockages in the neck and upper chest, revascularization of upper and lower limbs for poor circulation, management of aneurysms such as occur in the abdomen and elsewhere, vascular trauma, and varicose veins. Treatment also includes angioplasty—stenting of arterial blockages, repair of abdominal aneurysms by less-invasive endovascular techniques—as well as medical management of vascular disorders. Vascular surgeons are board certified in general surgery and then complete additional training and testing in vascular surgery."
"Thoracic surgeons specialize in management of patients with conditions of the chest and heart. This speciality includes providing surgical care of patients for coronary artery disease; cancers of the lung, esophagus, and chest wall; abnormalities of the heart, great vessels and heart valves; congenital anomalies; tumors of the mediastinum; and diseases of the diaphragm. The management of the airway and injuries to the chest are also areas of surgical practice for the thoracic surgeon. They have specialized knowledge of cardiorespiratory physiology and oncology, as well as capability in the use of extracorporeal circulation, cardiac assist devices, management of cardiac dysrhythmias, pleural drainage, respiratory support systems, endoscopy, and other invasive and noninvasive diagnostic technique."
Quoted from American College of Surgeons website 2014. www.facs.org/education/patient-education/patient-resources/specialists
A small amount of preparation before your initial consultation will simplify and streamline your visit.
Please make sure Michigan Vascular Center has a copy of the information from your primary doctor which led to your referral. For example, if any imaging studies (CT scan, MRI, angiogram or ultrasound) were performed, please make sure we have them or bring the films or a disk with you to your appointment. Written reports are useful, but your surgeon will also want to review the images.
We will be asking many questions about your past medical history. Please bring a list of your past medical problems, prior operations with dates, previous problems with anesthesia and any drug allergies.
Please bring your actual medication bottles with you to your appointment as we need to collect specific information regarding the prescription.
Remember to bring a copy of your insurance identification card and be familiar with your plan's copay policies.