Vascular Surgery

Understanding vascular surgery

St Joseph’s provides a comprehensive vascular service including the diagnosis, management and treatment of venous and arterial vascular disease.  

Vascular disease is caused by a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries which restrict blood supply.  It can affect any organ in the body but usually affects the brain, heart or legs.

Our eminent consultants are dedicated to delivering personalised care within the first-class environment for which the hospital is renowned.

Vascular surgeons also see and treat patients with varicose veins. Varicose veins are superficial veins of the legs, which are swollen, tortuous and visible. Varicose veins are very common and vary in size from 0.5cm to the size of a grape.

Veins in the legs have valves which allow blood to flow back to the heart against gravity. There are two main systems of veins in the legs - the deep veins which carry most of the blood back up the legs to the heart, and the superficial veins.

Veins in the legs contain valves which under normal circumstances only allow the blood to flow in one direction. Failure of the valves increases the pressure in the veins when standing. This excess pressure leads to dilation of the veins and the appearance of varicose veins.

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