What initially drew you to the field of vascular surgery, and what continues to motivate you in your work?
I was initially drawn to the field of vascular surgery due to the scarcity of services and the limited number of vascular surgeons available at the time when I completed my surgical training. Witnessing the high number of patients suffering from vascular diseases motivated me to pursue this challenging branch of medicine. The opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these patients and provide them with the specialized care they need continues to be a driving force in my work.
Can you share some of the most common vascular diseases you encounter in your practice and how you approach their diagnosis and treatment?
In our practice, we commonly encounter various vascular diseases that affect the arteries. These include conditions like trauma, aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, diabetic foot, kidney diseases, and other arterial disorders. Key diseases we frequently diagnose are carotid artery diseases leading to strokes, kidney artery diseases causing renal failure, and peripheral vascular disease resulting from factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, age, and genetic predisposition. Diagnosis involves thorough clinical examination, patient history, and specialized tests. Early cases are usually managed medically with anti-platelet and blood-thinning medications, along with risk factor control. For advanced cases, we may opt for endovascular interventions like ballooning and stenting, or in some cases, bypass surgery. Additionally, we encounter venous diseases, such as varicose veins in the legs, diagnosed through clinical examination and leg ultrasounds. Treatment options include laser and radiofrequency ablations, as well as foam sclerotherapy in certain cases. We also provide care for patients with lymphedema, diagnosed through clinical examination, and managed with manual massage and compression therapy.
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