Vascular surgery specializes in the care of arteries and veins which carry blood throughout your body. At Cullman Regional, our vascular surgeons offer screenings, testing and treatment to help you manage vascular conditions and resume an active life.
Our surgeons combine the latest in medical technology with the utmost personal attention to ensure that you receive the finest health care available. As experts in the treatment of a wide array of vascular diseases, our surgeons use medical therapies, minimally invasive catheter procedures and surgical reconstruction to keep your blood moving properly. Treatment can improve mobility, reduce pain, help wounds heal and restore you to the activities you love. Many vascular conditions can be treated in-office or with non-operative and/or minimally-invasive procedures.
Our Services and Procedures
Our team specializes in a variety of vascular conditions, including:
- Peripheral artery disease
- Carotid artery disease
- Lower extremity disease
- Varicose Veins & Spider Veins
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
- Renal artery stenosis
- Critical limb ischemia
- Thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA)
- Blood Clots
Frequently Asked Questions
What does a vascular surgeon do?
Vascular surgeons are specialists who are highly trained to treat diseases of the vascular system. Your blood vessels –arteries carrying oxygen-rich blood and veins carrying blood back to the heart — are the roadways of your circulatory system. Without smoothly flowing blood, your body cannot function. Conditions such as hardening of the arteries can create “traffic jams” in your circulatory system, obstructing the flow of blood to any part of the body.
How do I know I need to see a vascular surgeon?
Typically, patients are referred to a vascular surgeon by their primary care physician. Sometimes patients become acquainted with a vascular surgeon after an unexpected event lands them in the hospital. You might be referred to a vascular surgeon if you see your regular doctor for pain in your legs, and learn that you have peripheral arterial disease, for example. If you are in a high risk category: are a smoker, diabetic, and/or have high blood pressure, you may be a candidate for starting a relationship with a vascular surgeon.
What are warning signs of vascular problems?
- Pain or tiredness in legs
- Burning or tingling in feet
- Sores or breaks in skin of legs and feet
- Aching in feet or toes when at rest
- Changes in skin color
- Buttock pain
- Decrease in skin temperature
How do I improve my vascular health?
- Don’t smoke or use tobacco.
- Eat a healthy diet low in cholesterol and saturated fat.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Exercise regularly to improve circulation.
- Don’t cross your legs.
- Take care of your feet.
Do I need a referral to be seen?
We will schedule all patients who call and request to be seen, however if your insurance requires a referral you will need to have that in file prior to your visit. Please check with your insurance for clarification.
Please note if your insurance requires a referral and it has not been obtained prior to your appointment, we may have to re-schedule your appointment.
When should I arrive for my appointment?
Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment and please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment if you are a new patient.
For a procedure, you should arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled procedure.
What information do I need when I come into the office for my first visit?
Please bring the following:
- Your insurance card
- Driver’s license
- All you medications you are currently taking
- A list of your past surgeries, allergies and health history
What types of insurance do you accept?
We accept most insurance providers. We recommend patients contact their insurance company as each plan offers different levels of coverage. Please check the back of your insurance wallet card for contact telephone numbers.