Leg Circulation: Do I need a Second Opinion?
Have you been diagnosed with P.A.D. or have leg pain that may be from poor circulation? Have you been told that you need an angiogram or catheter procedure? If you answered yes, you might want to consider a second opinion from a vascular surgeon to ensure you are receiving the appropriate diagnosis and care for your vascular condition.
When it comes to your vascular system, or the arteries that bring blood to the legs and veins that carry blood back to the heart, only a vascular surgeon who has completed 8 – 10 years in medical studies with a specialty in vascular, has a mastery of the entire circulatory system and knows how to avoid the complications that come with treating it.
For these reasons, if a general practitioner or another specialist, diagnoses you or someone you love with vascular disease, we recommend you get a second opinion from a vascular surgeon, a true expert in this area. Vascular specialists, like the ones at PVA, are highly-trained in vascular disease and are dedicated to circulatory system disorders and managing arteries and veins throughout the body.
While other physicians and specialists may immediately recommend an angiogram, at PVA, we invest time into our patients to learn their lifestyle and treatment preferences and true needs. We may recommend lifestyle changes or other non-surgical, minimally invasive procedures first, before contemplating open surgery.
It’s also important to note that vascular surgeons are the only physicians treating vascular disease who can perform all of the treatment options that are available including medical management, minimally invasive procedure such as angioplasty, atherectomy, stenting and open surgical bypass. Sometimes even a combined or hybrid procedure is recommended.
If you’ve ever wondered, “Do I need a second opinion?” remember that the surgeons at PVA are experts in the industry, trained and dedicated in helping patients make the very best choices for their vascular health.