Vascular diseases range from non-life-threatening conditions such as varicose veins through to more serious conditions such as aneurysms and blocked blood vessels to the brain.
Our experienced caregivers are here to support you from admission through to recovery and address any questions or concerns your may have about your vascular surgery.
Our vascular surgeons work with nurses, anaesthetists and other specialists as a multidisciplinary team to provide the highest level of care. Our surgeons perform a range of surgeries from vein surgery through to aortic, carotid and bypass operations.
Our Cardiac and Vascular Intervention Laboratory (CVIL) provides care using live imaging for optimum results. These procedures are often performed under local anaesthetic to access arteries in the groin for procedures such as balloon angioplasty and stenting.
General anaesthetic is occasionally required for major endovascular cases.
Your surgeon may also use other non-invasive techniques such as ultrasounds and CT scans or MRI scans. Your treating doctor will let you know which investigation and procedure is right for you.
Once your surgery is over, you’ll be transferred to a recovery room or directly to the ward for ongoing observation. We are committed to making your recovery as comfortable and as stress-free as possible.
When you are discharged, your doctors, nurses and allied health practitioners may advise you to make some lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, changing your diet and managing your medications to ensure you have a plan for returning to optimum health.
Benefits of vascular surgery
Successful vascular surgery can result in:
- improved blood flow and wound healing
- reduced levels of pain and swelling
- reduced risk of stroke and aneurysm rupture
- reduced risk of amputation
- improved levels of mobility
- better quality of life.
These benefits depend on your particular circumstances and require you to fully participate in necessary before and after care and management. You should consult a specialist in this area before deciding whether surgery is suitable for you.