The Department of Vascular Medicine offers comprehensive, state-of-the-art care for diseases of the circulatory system. This includes veins, arteries, lymphatics, and the circulating blood, as well as care for patients with lower limb wounds. Our highly trained specialists provide expertise in the treatment and management of:
- Venous diseases including deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE) and associated clotting disorders, anticoagulation and chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins, and thrombophlebitis
- Arterial diseases caused by atheroma (cholesterol plaques), arterial thrombosis and embolism, inflammation (vasculitis) and vasospasm disorders (Raynaud’s phenomenon and chilblains)
- Lymphatic diseases including primary and secondary forms of lymphoedema (leg swelling) and other causes of lower limb swelling
- Assessment and management of cardiovascular risk factors that contribute to arterial and venous disease
- Perioperative and general medical care
- Lower limb wounds and ulcers
Our department is the first unit of its kind in a NSW Private Hospital to provide a dedicated vascular medicine service to inpatients. We are supported by a dedicated non-invasive vascular laboratory on campus. Our specialists are highly trained to ensure we offer you up to date treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
DVTs are blood clots that form in a vein deep in the body, usually the legs.
What are the risk factors for DVT?
Factors that may increase the risk of blood clots include inheriting a blood-clotting disorder, a personal or family history of DVT or pulmonary embolism, increasing age, surgery, prolonged immobility such as driving or flying, pregnancy, oral contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy use, being overweight or obese, smoking, cancer, and chronic medical conditions such as heart failure and inflammatory disorders.
What is a pulmonary embolism?
A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a sudden blockage in a lung artery. The blockage usually is caused by a blood clot that travels to the lung usually from a vein in the leg.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin, associated with weakness of the venous valves. They are most common in the legs and ankles.
What is peripheral artery disease?
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is the reduced circulation of blood to the tissues caused by a narrowed or blocked blood vessel (artery).