Vascular surgery deals with blood-vessel conditions. Our surgeons at Johns Hopkins Aramaco Healthcare (JHAH) treat a number of artery and vein diseases, from aneurysm or dissection of the aorta, to the narrowing or occlusion of vessels such as the carotid or the lower-extremity arteries. We also provide diabetic foot care, limb-salvage procedures, and consultations if you are suffering from renal failure and are in need of hemodialysis.
Our Vascular Surgery Clinic is not a self-referral service, so your Primary Care physician or other specialist such as your cardiologist, kidney specialist or neurologist, will make a referral for you if they believe you need a vascular surgeon to evaluate your condition.
When you arrive at the Vascular Surgery Clinic, you will be checked in, and within five minutes our surgical nurse will carry out an initial clinical screening. Wait times are around 15-20 minutes, and your appointment will usually last 20-30 minutes.
During your initial consultation, your vascular surgeon will learn about your symptoms, and perform a physical examination in order to determine the status of your blood vessels. Non-invasive vascular laboratory testing is usually performed next, and if this is inconclusive you may be asked to undergo further radiological testing. If your condition requires intervention, a consultation with our team will be arranged in order to prepare you for the procedure.
You will then be invited to a clinic, usually two to three weeks before your treatment, to ensure that you are well enough for the anesthetic and operation. This may involve blood tests, X-rays and a urine sample. Depending on your treatment, you may be invited to attend follow-up appointments, and recovery sessions may also be available.